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GoodBelly Review and Giveaway!

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photo: Colleen Francioli

photo: Colleen Francioli

By the banks of the Ganges River, Steve Demos had an epiphany on how he could positively impact the health of people everywhere.  He soon connected with Todd Beckman, a group of pioneering veterans from the natural products industry and a new company “NextFoods” was born, the makers of GoodBelly.

I have tried GoodBelly products before but wanted to give them a good run, especially for FODMAP Life fans.  Below is a bit of education, a review and how you can take part in a giveaway to win some delicious GoodBelly for yourself!  Check back as I will continue to write about GoodBelly in the weeks ahead.

Quick Facts on GoodBelly

  1. Organic drinks
  2. Contains live & active probiotic cultures
  3. Dairy-free, Soy-free and Vegan, with Gluten-free versions as well
  4. Live and active probiotic cultures of Lactobacillus plantarum299v

But First, Your Immune System

Your immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues and organs which defend your body against invasion from harmful bacteria, germs, infections and diseases.  The protein, carbohydrate and fat composition of our foods affect the way in which our digestive tract moves food and the secretions it produces.  70% of our body’s immune system dwells in the digestive tract.  Our immune system is designed in away that it defends the body against foreign invaders including, bacteria, parasites and fungus.  If someone continuously consumes processed foods (refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, white flour, and pasteurized dairy feeds) she or he will experience distress when trying to digest foods.  The other invaders to our immune system, digestive tract and overall health is STRESS and POLLUTION.  That’s why it’s important to seek out probiotics to see which ones work best with your body, to help keep you strong.

Reports on Lactobacillus plantarum299v

GoodBelly’s claims about Lactobacillus plantarum299v interested me, so I did some digging.  On GoodBelly’s website they state that “a probiotic that has over 17 research trials and almost 2 decades of demonstrated safe and effective use behind it.”

So I saw mixed reviews on how well Lactobacillus plantarum299v actually helps with IBS symptoms, but I have seen more positive than negative.  The report Randomized clinical trial: Effect of Lactobacillus plantarum299 v on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome it was concluded that in “An 8-wk treatment with L. plantarum 299 v did not provide symptomatic relief, particularly of abdominal pain and bloating, in patients fulfilling the Rome II criteria.”  However, in a research report from the Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, it was found that Lactobacillus plantarum299v “is effective in correcting long-term IBS motility defects.”  Also as reported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the report Clinical trial: Lactobacillus plantarum299v (DSM 9843) improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome stated that “a 4-wk treatment with L. plantarum299v (DSM 9843) provided effective symptom relief, particularly of abdominal pain and bloating, in IBS patients fulfilling the Rome III criteria.”

GoodBelly Ingredients

I tried the Blueberry Acai and the only questionable ingredients that were up high in the ingredients list (as they pertain to the Low Fodmap diet only) were

GoodBelly Blueberry Acai Ingredients photo: Colleen Francioli

GoodBelly Blueberry Acai Ingredients
photo: Colleen Francioli

ORGANIC OAT FLOUR and PEAR JUICE CONCENTRATE.  The organic oat flour is not gluten-free and we all know pears are on the list of foods to avoid.    The gluten-free GoodBelly quarts (noted by their green caps) are made with gluten-free oat flour. All other GoodBelly products are not certified gluten-free. The gluten-free quarts come in Fermented Coconut Water, Tropical Orange and Carrot Ginger flavors.

GoodBelly-Quarts-Carrot-Gingergoodbelly gluten free productsSo if you try GoodBelly products try the gluten-free versions that are low in FODMAPs.  Also, if anyone has worked their way through the Low Fodmap diet and has completed the elimination phase (working with one food group at a time, one food at a time) and they know that neither pears or oat flour will have an adverse affect on them, then regular GoodBelly products might work just fine.  At this time, they do for me.


To take part in our first GoodBelly giveaway, head over to our Facebook page on  October 2nd at 11a.m. EST. You will see a post regarding the giveaway -just follow the directions to win! One winner (from the U.S. only) will be randomly selected to win three vouchers for FREE GoodBelly products.  GOOD LUCK!

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Steve Demos, NextFoods- GoodBelly

Steve Demos, NextFoods- GoodBelly


  1. willbelluk

    This Goodbelly stuff looks like a complete disaster for anyone with even vaguely digestive issues – for a start just look at the amount of sugar – 3rd ingredient and 24g of sugar in every 8oz serving. Sugars feed ‘unfriendly’ bacteria and pathogens in the gut and its presence in this drink utterly destroys any potential benefits from the Lactobacillus – also I doubt there is anything like the 10 Billion+ cultures you need to have any positive effects. I am seriously surprised you have reviewed this drink and concerned if you’re even qualified to be making these posts, which folks with digestive/bloating issues may take as informed recommendations.

    • Colleen

      Here’s the quick background about GoodBelly. Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V), the probiotic strain used in GoodBelly, was first used by Gastroenterologists in Sweden on patients post surgery. They saw quicker recovery happening. Since then, there have been more than 16 well-documented research studies showing efficacy and two decades of safe use (see attached examples). LP299V is still used in the most popular probiotic product and juice drink in Sweden today. GoodBelly brought it to the US and products range from 20-50 billion live and active probiotic cultures at time of manufacture. Products are then tested throughout shelf life for their CFUs (Colony Forming Units). 10 billion+ cultures is a magic number you hear. There is nothing yet to determine that it’s accurate, people and strains are different, and it’s amazing what’s just being discovered about probiotics and the microbiome. GoodBelly products are always well above this number, in any case.

      There is a known concern about sugars, but not all sugars are the same. Sugars can feed all bacteria, including good bacteria like LP299V. That’s why there is sugar, specifically organic evaporated cane sugar which is a sucrose, added to GoodBelly’s juice drinks. The live and active probiotic cultures interacting in an acidic juice environment can make it sour, so adding sugar helps with that juice taste we know and love. Those same probiotic cultures living in the juice drink feed on a little bit of that sugar. These simple sugars are absorbed in the upper intestinal tract, earlier in the digestive process. (If you are looking for a lower sugar option, try one of GoodBelly’s oat drinks – GoodBelly StraightShot and GoodBelly BigShot have no sugar added and only 3-5g per serving.) In specific reference to the low FODMAP Diet, the amount of fructose is less than 1g per serving in both GoodBelly StraightShot and BigShot, 1-2g per serving in GoodBelly+ varieties, about 3g in GoodBelly Coconut Water and about 3-5g in GoodBelly Quart varieties. (A medium sized apple has about 12g.) There’s no lactose or galactins and practically no polyols or fructans.

      GoodBelly believes in making functional and delicious products that combine natural ingredients and science, and want people to be happy and healthy. If you have any concerns or questions about their products, they are always happy to help. Feel free to connect at or 303.443.3631.

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