Tropicana is a well known company that has been in operation for some 70 years. The brand is best known for orange juice, and as we all know you can buy Tropicana in most places across the globe. These three new probiotic products appear to reflect the growing popularity of probiotic supplements in general.
In our opinion Tropicana jumped on the current probiotic bandwagon with this line of probiotic drinks! The flavours seem appealing and if you enjoy sweet Tropicana flavours you will probably enjoy them, but we can’t see these juices doing much for your probiotic health. The probiotic content is rather low per serving and may be ineffective, but the good news is that it is safe and highly unlikely to do you any harm.
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics has the look of a novelty product designed to win customers looking for a healthy option, but it does not seem to have really caught on as much as other Tropicana juices. It is actually quite difficult to buy with many stores no longer stocking it, and if you are serious about probiotics there are better supplements and foods on the market.
Side effects are unlikely if you keep to the recommended serving size.
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics is not very expensive for a health product, although we feel it is a bit over priced for a fruit juice.
1 x 32 fl oz bottle costs around $4.30 depending on where you buy it, and is sufficient for 4 x 8floz servings.
You may need to shop around to find it as it is not as easily available as other Tropicana juices.
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics is a fruit drink with added probiotics, but in our opinion this does not turn this oversweet fruit juice into a health drink. And if you rely on it to solve any gastric issues, you may be disappointed. However it does come with some good customer feedback, and most people report feeling slightly better after drinking as well as enjoying the flavours.
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics does not seem to have taken off in a big way. It is not that easy to find on sale unlike other Tropicana juices which suggests that it is not popular with customers. In our opinion, this probiotic drink probably falls between two stools; the people who just want to enjoy a fruit juice and those who want a probiotic supplement. We have certainly seen a lot worse but we could not recommend Tropicana Essentials Probiotics as a viable source of probiotics and as a fruit based drink it all seems a bit unnecessary and overpriced.
Overall, we would not recommend Tropicana Essentials Probiotics to our readers.
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A good feeling is only a glass away! It really shows how popular probiotics are becoming when you can buy Tropicana fruit juices with added probiotics in the main aisle of the supermarket!
Probiotics are currently touted as the next best thing for health. These so called good bacteria inhabit the body; there are more bacteria than cells in the body where they provide many functions which scientists are only just beginning to identify.
Good bacteria is especially important throughout the digestive system where it helps break down the food you eat and protects the body from infection via pathogens, bad bacteria which causes disease.
Probiotics are not all the same. There are over 400 strains of good bacteria in the digestive system alone and if these live organisms get depleted such as though illness, antibiotics, or a bad diet, it can cause effects such as weight gain, nausea, or digestive issues such as gas, bloating, or constipation. Research suggests that some probiotics may strengthen the immune system, and it could be that they hold the key to preventing disease although this is no way proven as yet.
Probiotics can be grown outside the body and they are also naturally present in products such as cheese, yoghurt, and fermented goods such as sauerkraut and Kimchi.
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics use just one strain of probiotic in their drinks. This is a Bifidobacterium Lactis Strain of bacteria that inhabits the intestines, but also present in products such as cheese and yoghurt.
This type of probiotic inhabits the intestines, and the idea is that taking it as a supplement will help good bacteria to grow and thereby minimise any depletion.
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Tropicana Essentials Probiotics contains 1 billion live and active cultures per 8 oz serving, and also contains vitamin C.
However despite these healthy additions to the drinks, it is important to remember that Tropicana is known for containing a lot of sugar. In fact each 8oz glass contains 28g of sugar in the Strawberry and Banana flavour (other flavours are similar), which is roughly the equivalent of 7 teaspoons. This so called health drink therefore does not look very healthy, even if it does contain the latest hot health ingredient!
There is no real need to explain the Tropicana brand. Unless you have been in outer space for the last 70 years you will have heard of it, and probably drunk it at some time in your life.
Tropicana comes under the PepsiCo umbrella of companies, and this corporation is not known as providing healthy food and drinks. Many people believe that PepsiCo have contributed in a huge way to the problem of global obesity, even though it is fashionable now to promote a few so called healthy products. Source
According to the advertising,
“A good feeling is just a glass away! Tropicana Essentials Probiotics® is a 100% juice blend with no added sugar or artificial flavors.”
We find this puzzling in view of the fact that the ingredients list which reveals that the Strawberry and Banana flavour contains 28g of sugar per 8 oz serving (roughly 7 teaspoons), and Pineapple and Mango contains 29g of sugar per serving.
Peach and Passion fruit is the lowest sugar option with 26g of sugar per serving.
The information continues,
“With a billion live and active cultures in every eight-ounce serving, it’s an easy and delicious way to get some good into your routine.”
The advertising also mentions the probiotics,
Each 8 oz serving of Tropicana Essential Probiotics delivers one billion live and active cultures – also known as colony forming units (CFU) of probiotic B Lactis HN019 to your gut. While there is actually no FDA recommended amount of probiotics, clinical studies do show that one billion CFU of the probiotic in Tropicana Probiotics is an effective amount.
According to research, one billion CFU of B Lactis HN019 may not be a very effective amount.
One New Zealand study tested this probiotic on 100 people with functional GI symptoms to see if it decreased the time that food moved through the body (whole gut transit time) and improved GI symptoms.
The clinical test used between 17.2 billion CFU with 1.8 billion as the low dose. The high dose group results were significantly better than the low dose group, although both groups did show improvement in gastric symptoms.
Does this mean that the 1 billion CFU in Tropicana Essential Probiotics is sufficient to work? Who knows? A lot of research has been carried out of mice and not all clinical tests provide the exact quantities of CFU used, but this test does indicate that improvements are most likely when the serving size is bigger.
We don’t think that Tropicana Essentials Probiotics will be very effective as a probiotic supplement, and we cannot see this drink with its high sugar content being very good for general health. Source
Tropicana Essentials Probiotics is a food product rather than a supplement. Serving size is equal to 1 x 8 oz glass.
Here is the product breakdown for the Strawberry and Banana flavour.
Side effects are unlikely.
You should avoid all probiotics if you are under 18 or if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a weakened immune system, because there is a risk that you could introduce infection into your system.
Yes, some customers have left reviews for Tropicana Essentials Probiotics on various websites including Walmart. Opinion is generally favourable with most people enjoying the taste of Tropicana and the perceived health benefits.
I cannot drink enough of this juice. It quenches my thirst and satisfies my in between hunger issues. My favorite flavor is the pineapple mango. I have been drinking it almost every morning and I have to say coincidence or not I have not been ill this winter so far.
Absolutely love. The size is great for the amount that you receive and it taste great too! I could and would drink this all day that’s how great the taste is!!! I would certainly buy this again and recommend to all my friends!
I have stomach problems and my doctor recommended I use probiotics. I honestly think it helped me with my digestion system! I love using it in my smoothies as well as some of the other flavours.
There is no money back guarantee for Tropicana products.
Although Tropicana juices are available just about everywhere, Tropicana Essentials Probiotics is not quite so commonly in stock. Sales outlets include Walmart, Target, and Shoprite. At the time of writing Tropicana is not on sale via Amazon, and it does not seem to be easily available outside the USA.
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