Which Foods Contain Probiotics?

While you may have heard about all the wonderful health benefits of probiotics, you may wonder which foods contain them.  We’ve created a list of the most popular and tastiest probiotics-rich foods:

Yogurt

Yogurt is widely considered to be the best source of probiotics, which is loaded with beneficial bacteria to improve your health.  Made from milk that has been fermented with probiotics, studies suggest it can provide many health benefits, including stronger bones, lower blood pressure, improved immunity, protection from vaginal infections, and may help relieve certain gastrointestinal disorders.

Before shopping for yogurt, make sure you choose yogurt with active or live cultures since not all brands contain live probiotics.  Also, read the labels before buying to ensure it’s not loaded with high amounts of unhealthy sugar.   

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented drink that’s made by adding kefir grains to cow’s or goat’s milk.  The word “kefir” is thought to come from the Turkish word “keyif,” which means feeling good after eating.

High in probiotics, research shows that kefir is beneficial for digestion and gut health – and is considered even more nutritious than yogurt. That’s because it contains several major strains of “good” bacteria and yeast, so it’s a much more powerful probiotic 

Don’t confuse kefir grains to cereal grains as they’re completely different. Kefir grains are actually cultures of lactic acid bacteria and yeast that resemble cauliflower.

Research shows that kefir may also be protective against cancer, improve bone health, and help to prevent infections, 

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Back then, the ancients used fermentation by lactic acid bacteria to keep foods from spoiling.  Due to this fermentation, it provides many more health benefits than regular cabbage.

The probiotics found in sauerkraut are believed to provide many health benefits, including improved digestion, stronger immunity, better brain health, and may promote heart health.

While shopping for sauerkraut, make sure to read the labels and always choose unpasteurized sauerkraut.  Sauerkraut that has been pasteurized ends up killing the live and beneficial bacteria. 

Tempeh

Originally from Indonesia, Tempeh is a delicious a fermented soybean product with a nutty flavor. Since it’s sold in firm patties, tempeh has become popular as a high protein meat substitute.  Due to its fermentation process, tempeh contains beneficial probiotics, which research suggests may promote healthy digestion, decrease cholesterol and help to regulate blood glucose levels.  Tempeh also contains vitamin B12, which makes it beneficial for vegetarians who are searching for a highly nutritious probiotic.

Kimchi

Kimchi is a delicious Korean fermented side dish made from cabbage and other vegetables, which makes it an excellent probiotic.  It contains the bacteria Lactobacillus kimchii, as well as other lactic acid bacteria that can promote a healthy gut and digestion. benefit digestive health.

Miso

You’ve probably enjoyed miso soup in Japanese restaurants.  Loaded with probiotics, miso is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans with salt and a fungus called “koji.” Different types of Miso are made by combining soybeans with other ingredients, including rice, barley and rye.  It also comes in different varieties such as white, red, yellow and brown.  In Japan, miso soup is often consumed as a breakfast dish.  

Studies show that miso may provide certain health benefits, including reducing the risk of breast cancer in Japanese women.  One study showed that miso soup may reduce the risk of stroke.

Kombucha

Kombucha has been enjoyed for thousands of years, and is made by adding specific strains of bacteria and yeast to black or green tea, and allowing it to ferment for days. The probiotics in kombucha help to promote a heathy gut, reduce inflammation, and even help with weight loss.

Pickles

Pickles are made by simply fermenting thinly sliced vegetables, usually cucumbers, in a mixture of salt and water.  They are left to ferment for either a short or long time in their own naturally present lactic acid bacteria.  Pickles are one of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of healthy probiotic bacteria, which can improve your digestive health, prevent vaginal infections, improve immunity and more.

Keep in mind that pickles that were made using vinegar do not have any probiotic benefits.

Natto

For over 1,000 years, natto has been a staple in Japanese kitchens.  Natto is a fermented soybean product with a very distinct taste and texture.  It’s considered a rich source of probiotics and nutrients, making it one of the healthiest foods to consume.  In Japan, it is typically mixed with rice and considered a healthy breakfast. 

A study in Japanese men found that eating natto on a regular basis contributed to higher bone mineral density.  Other research suggests that natto may help prevent osteoporosis in women

Why Probiotic Supplements are Your Best Option

Probiotic bacteria can be found in many foods, but the beneficial bacteria must be alive when you consume them.  The problem is today’s food processing and storage procedures are destroying the survival of probiotic organisms. 

Another problem is most people have hectic daily schedules, and don’t have the time to consume probiotics in healthy foods.  That’s why so many people find it more practical to obtain their daily probiotics from a high quality supplement.

Probiotic supplements provide microbial diversity, unlike foods like yogurt that only contain one or two strains of probiotics.  They also allow you to choose the specific probiotics you ingest to target and treat specific health problems – such as a vaginal infection, diarrhea, or digestion problems.

At Purevee Organics, our high quality probiotics contain 25 billion live cultures and 10 probiotic strains, which is more that can be found in any food.  The wide variety of health benefits include stronger immunity, improved gut health, protection from vaginal and UT infections, better moods, and much more.

Read more about our probiotics by clicking here:  https://www.pureveeorganics.com/products/female-support-probiotics