Probiotics are essential for your digestive health as they are good bacteria that primarily line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. So the only question is, are you having enough probiotic-rich foods in your diet?
Whether you love Greek or regular, low-fat or full-fat, the phrase “live active cultures” on the label makes yogurt become the most famous or favorite probiotic food. There is a large variation on the quality of yogurts on the market today, so always choose yogurt with less added sugar, as sugar can feed the bad bugs in your gut. Even if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, there is cultured soymilk, a non-dairy alternative that also boasts live active cultures. Most of these products are fortified with calcium and vitamin D to make them comparable to dairy yogurts.
Made from aged, fermented soybeans, this miso paste is a staple Japanese cooking ingredient that brims with probiotics. Miso paste comes in varieties, there are white, yellow, red, brown miso paste, the darker the color, the richer the taste. Low in calories, high in protein, fibre, and bone-strengthening vitamin K, and the beneficial bacteria in the miso is believed to stimulate digestion and energize the body.
Korean also produces some of the most famous probiotic food, like Kimchi. To turn cabbage or other vegetables into the much loved spicy, pungent side dish, you need lactic acid, which can improve lactose digestion, play a role in preventing and treating diarrhoea. Not to mention, Kimchi is also packed with vitamin C.
Another food that is rich in lactic acid is sourdough bread. This mildly sour, chewy bread is also known to be the healthiest bread choice if diabetes is a concern, because it creates a lower blood sugar spike compared to bread made with baker’s yeast.
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