COVID-19 is piquing consumer interest in a variety of wellness applications.
Uplift Foods, New York City, is introducing Gut Happy Cookies in three varieties: salted almond butter with vanilla and hemp seeds, salted peanut butter with chocolate and coconut, and sunflower butter with vanilla and chia. The plant-based cookies contain prebiotic fibers and the spore-forming probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, which can survive baking temperatures. The prebiotics and probiotics work synergistically to enhance digestion and build immunity, according to the company.
So Good Brand Inc., Minneapolis, uses botanical ingredients in its organic plant-based probiotic cold-pressed juice shot brand So Good So You. The immunity variety is powered by ginger and the spore-forming probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086.
Park City, Utah-based Probar LLC is adding Probar Live to its line of minimally processed nutrition bars and snacks. The new concept delivers 10 grams of plant-based protein, no added sugar and the spore-forming probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086. Flavors are almond butter, coconut cashew, peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate chip.
Probiotic Smoothies and Wellness Probiotic Gut Shots are the most recent introductions by Good Culture LLC, Irvine, Calif. The smoothies are powered by 12 strains of live and active cultures, including the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12. It is clinically proven to rebalance gut flora, leading to overall improved gut health, as well as boost overall immunity by increasing the body’s resistance to common respiratory infections. The smoothies are made with kefir, and come in pineapple, vanilla and wildberry flavors. The gut shots are made with the same kefir. They are lightly sweetened with sweet potato juice and coconut sugar and come in four formulations. The chai matcha variety is formulated to create calm, focused energy, while pineapple turmeric supports brain function and joint health. Chocolate chaga is said to boost energy and deepen immunity. The vanilla collagen variety promotes hair, skin and nail health, according to the company.
With the tagline of “Real cultured dairy. Simple. Wholesome. Pure,” the new probiotic yogurt drink line from Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Willows, Calif., comes in blueberry, strawberry and tropical flavors. The drinks are made with the Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 strain. Its benefits are documented in more than 300 published studies, according to the company.
Farmhouse Culture, Chicago, is a pioneer in cold-brewed, filtered fermented vegetable juice gut shots. The 16-oz multi-serve bottles are being joined by a 2-oz single-serve format. Initial varieties include ginger beet and garlic dill. The fermented drinks vary in bacterial strain content, as no starter cultures are added. They contain the cultures inherent to the ingredients, which is usually a range of lactic acid probiotics. They include Lactobacillus plantarum, which has been shown to improve immune function, and Lactobacillus brevis, which can help keep good bacteria growing in your gut.