While you may think of probiotics as a pill to swallow, you should first try to include foods rich in probiotics in your diet! Some fermented foods rich in probiotics are listed below.
1. Yogurt is a cultured or fermented milk product that is soured and thickened by adding lactic acid-producing culture to it. Common cultures are Lactobacillus burglarious and Streptococcus thermophiles.
2. Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent beverage produced by fermenting sweetened black or green tea. Kombucha is also low in calories and sugar making it a good sugar sweetened beverage replacement.
3. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that is made from salted and fermented vegetables such as cabbage and radishes. They are typically tossed with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, ginger, garlic, and scallions.
4. Sauerkraut, also known as pickled cabbage, is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented.
5. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans.
6. Tempeh is a cake-like product made from fermented soybeans that originates from Indonesia
7. Kefir is a fermented milk-based beverage that has a tangy, yogurt-like flavor. Kefir can be made from any type of milk – cow, goat, sheep, coconut, rice, or soy. For the lactose intolerant, the yeast and bacteria in Kefir provides lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose making it easier to tolerate.
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