Probiotics

Whether you prefer to cook your own meals or go out to eat, it’s always a good idea to choose foods that have a healthy amount of vitamins, minerals and probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that support digestive health — and some even say they have positive effects on the heart and brain. If you’re interested in adding some probiotics to your diet, here are some foods known to be rich in the gut-healthy bacteria:

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Yogurt tends to be one of the most commonly recommended sources for probiotics, but be careful to check the label: not all yogurt types have the same amount of probiotics and many are loaded with sugar. Certain kinds of Greek yogurt have two different strains of healthy bacteria that are good for helping build muscle. Yogurt is commonly known as a breakfast item, but plain yogurt can be mixed with other ingredients to create a healthy salad dressing or dips that can be enjoyed with any meal.

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The fermentation process used to create sourdough bread involves yeast and probiotics that work together to break down sugar and gluten, making it a more nutritious choice than many other types of bread.

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While not all pickled vegetables are a good source of probiotics, the ones that have undergone the fermentation process usually are. Pickled cucumbers, for example, use lactic acid bacteria during fermentation, which helps give them their sour flavor. Pickles are also low in calories and high in vitamin K!

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Odds are that this cultured milk drink might not be something you typically have in your fridge, but if you’re looking to add some probiotics and tanginess to your morning smoothie, then kefir might just be the way to go.

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This drink is made with green or black tea and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast called a SCOBY. It’s bubbly and delicious, but note that only non-pasteurized versions have probiotic benefits. Store-bought versions won’t, and homemade recipes need to be used within a few days of making to stay safe.

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If you have trouble finding a probiotic food that appeals to you, you can always take a probiotic supplement instead. Note that because research hasn’t yet proven how effective live probiotics are once they’ve been consumed, the FDA has not officially approved the use of probiotics for treating any health issues.
Source: Eat This, Not That

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