Probiotic Foods You Should Add In Your Diet

Probiotic Foods You Should Add In Your Diet

Probiotics are defined as the beneficial bacteria which helps in the stimulation of enzymes and processes in the gut. It keeps our digestive organs functioning capacity up to the mark. For all of these benefits you need to take probiotics, whether it in supplements form, food or both.

Making probiotic foods as a part of your diet plan will engage your body in a world of luxury.Most of the people do have knowledge about what is actually meant by taking probiotics, while few of them are still confounded about the foods having probiotics and their benefits.

Probiotics help to reduce the looseness in the bowels as well as is also used as a treatment for yeast contaminations like oral thrush, vaginitis, and urinary tract diseases. Read on to further clarify your concepts about this topic.


Here is a run down of the 10 foods rich in probiotic which you should include in your diet plan.

1. Yogurt

fruits and yogurtThe most preferable and commonly known as one of the best probiotic food is handmade live cultured yogurt. Make sure you look for the brands that use goat milk as their primary ingredient as well as make use of extra probiotics like acidophilus and lactobacillus.

Goat milk contains a higher protein, vitamin and mineral value as compared to cow milk. In addition to this, one finds much easier to digest the goat milk than milk of a cow. Goat milk also has a lower allergenicity.

Goat milk yogurt is listed as one of the best yogurts as it is found to be typically rich in probiotics like bulgaricus, thermophillus, and bifudus infused with additional probiotics like Lactobacillus and Acidophilus.

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Make sure you read the ingredient label carefully as the composition of all the yogurts differ. Some of the brands are found to be rich in high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and sweeteners. The nutritional value of these yogurts is equivalent to that of sugary fatty ice cream.

2. Kefir

Just like yogurt kefir is a special and a unique fermented dairy product. It is formed by the combination of goat milk and kefir grains (fermented). Kefir grains are rich in Lactobacillus and Bifidus bacteria. They are also a rich source of antioxidants. Try to search for organic and pure kefir at your nearest food store.

3. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is an extremely nutritious food and is made up of a fermented cabbage or sometimes, also by the fermentation of other vegetables. It is not only found to be a good source of healthy live cultures but of vitamin A, B, C, and K too.

4. Dark Chocolate

One of the most interesting facts is that the dark chocolate itself does not contain any probiotic. However, it is one of the best carriers of probiotic. The dark chocolate aids the probiotics in traveling down the gut.

To reach the colon safely dark chocolate helps the probiotics to fight back the extreme PHs of the alimentary canal. Due to its special capability probiotics can be included in the dark chocolate as the main ingredient.

5. Microalgae

microalgaeMicroalgae are the superfoods extracted from the ocean plants like spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella. Just like the dark chocolate microalgae itself is not a probiotic but mimics as a probiotic. It helps in the nourishment of the probiotics already present in your gut.

These prebiotic foods are especially known for increasing the number of beneficial bacteria. It also helps one by improving the gastrointestinal health. In addition to this, per ounce, they also supply the human body with a large amount of energy.

6. Miso soup

Miso is known to be one of the main ingredients of the Japanese medicine. It is mainly used as a digestive regulator in the macrobiotic cooking.

To make an easy and quick rich probiotic soup, include some fermented rice, rye, beans, or barley in hot water with a tablespoon of miso. This soup full of nutrition will be rich in Lactobacillus and Bifidus bacteria.

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Other than these benefits, miso is a healthy nutritious food and believed to be a good neutralizer of the environmental pollution. In addition to this, it also helps the body to alkanize and ceases the side effects of carcinogens present in the system.

7. Pickles

Believe this fact or not the pack of pickles lying in your refrigerator contains a bunch of probiotics.

Many people living in the United States of America are mistaken about the word ‘PICKLES’. For them the word pickles refer only to cucumbers, however, other vegetables can also be pickled. All of the pickled vegetables have the same potential that is to boost the probiotic level in the body.

8. Tempeh

tempehTempeh is known to be one of the best substitutes of meat and tofu. It is a fermented rich grain food originating from soya beans. Tempeh is used by many of the vegetarians and has a high probiotic content.

It is also one of the best sources of vitamin B12. This vegetarian food can be taken in various ways, like for example in a sauteed, baked or in a crumbled form on a salad.

Its salt content is very low if one follows the method of making tempeh correctly. Hence, it is considered as an ideal choice for the people who are following a low sodium diet.

9. Kimchi

Kimchi is the Asian pickled state of sauerkraut. It is a very spicy and sour fermented side dish served in Korea with meals. In simple words, it is a fermented cabbage.

Kimchi is rich in many nutrients like beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin B, iron, and dietary fiber. It is considered as one of the best probiotic food to add to the diet plan if you can obviously tolerate the level of spice present.

10. Kombucha Tea

It is a fermented tea which contains a lot of healthy beneficial gut bacteria. This probiotic drink is believed to be used for many ages. This drink makes you feel healthy as well as helps to boost your energy level. It is also being used by many of the people as a weight loss drink.

Despite these benefits, it is not considered as one of the healthy choices to include in the diet plan for many of the people especially the one having problems with candida.

Hilary Jensen

Hilary is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate with specialization in diet planning and weight loss. She enjoys reading and writing on Food, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss, and General Health.

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