Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your immune and digestive system. These good bacteria help you in fighting off bad bacteria when you have too much of it, helping you feel better.
Here are 5 common fermented foods that naturally contain probiotics.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste that adds a salty umami flavor to many Japanese dishes. Because miso is fermented and contains live active cultures, it's a great source of probiotics.
Tempeh is a soy product that is made from fermented soybeans. As a result of this fermentation, tempeh is rich in probiotics and protein. Its firm texture makes it a great meat alternative for vegetarians and vegans as well as anyone looking to add probiotics to their diet.
Yogurt is a fermented milk product that is soured and thickened by adding specific lactic acid-producing cultures to milk, making it a great probiotic.
Kombucha is a fizzy tea drink that is rich in gut-friendly probiotics that just keeps on growing in popularity.
Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine and another great probiotic. This traditional Korean dish combination of spices and fermented vegetables such as cabbage and radish contains the same lactobacilli bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented dairy products. Consuming kimchi can help you maintain healthy digestion.