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Acidophilus is a general name for a group of probiotics, often added to milk or sold as a capsule, which contains one or more of the following bacteria which aid in digestion: -

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus (A)
  • Lactobacillus casei (C)
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus (L)
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum (B)
  • Streptococcus thermophilus

Only L. acidophilus is the true acidophilus strain, but many producers (mainly in the US) use it as a more generic name for mixtures of bacteria, one of which is L. acidophilus.

Acidophilus occurs naturally in some yogurts and other traditional foods.[citation needed]

See the individual bacteria and the link on probiotics for more detailed information.

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