What do probiotics do? What foods have lots of probiotics in them? Chances are you aren’t getting enough of probiotics in your diet. From boosting immunity to helping your body with nutrient absorption, there’s a lot probiotic bacteria do.
What’s more, adding them to your diet is super easy. Keep reading to discover 7 of the most powerful probiotic rich foods that you can include in your meals, and how.
Yogurt is one of the most probiotic foods, and is packed full of the gut friendly healthy bacteria that boost your health in more ways than one. It usually contains more of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria, and has been found to improve bone health, reduce the risk of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome and even reduce elevated blood pressure levels. Bring on the yogurt!
Sauerkraut is basically made using shredded cabbage and other veggies, which have been fermented with lactic acid bacteria. This food is rather popular in Europe, and today, as a probiotic. Apart from being loaded with probiotic bacteria, it also contains vitamins B, C and K and has a nice sour and salty taste, which makes it a great accompaniment alongside many dishes.
Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that makes for an excellent source of probiotics. Rich in proteins, it can be an excellent meat substitute as well. After fermentation, tempeh resembles a cake and has a delicious nutty flavor (and also packs in some vitamin B12), which makes it a great addition to stir fry dishes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You may be surprised at this one, but yes, apple cider vinegar is actually a great source of probiotics. Just a little bit, consumed as is or added to your salads or other food preparations can boost weight loss, improve digestive health, reduce blood cholesterol levels and even control blood pressure. I know people that swear by drinking a little apple cider vinegar every morning to ward off sickness.
Kimchi is very similar to sauerkraut. Kimchi s a popular spicy Korean dish that also doubles up as a probiotic food. Apart from cabbage, it also contains a mix of different spices, scallions, ginger, garlic and fish sauce. One of the best parts about eating this one is that it is so packed with flavor. It is actually super easy to make it a part of your meal. Add some to your salad, chicken dish, or in your sandwich.
Miso is a well known Japanese seasoning that is crafted by fermenting soybeans with salt and a kind of fungus. It is rich in probiotic bacteria, and also contains impressive amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can try whipping up a quick famous Miso soup or add some of the paste to your food preparations to lend it a great flavor and get all the probiotic benefits. A miso glazed salmon is always delicious.
Kombucha has been around for over 2000 years now and is basically the fermented version of black tea. The probiotic content present in it has been found to help boost energy levels, aid liver detoxification and also improve digestive health.
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