Are there really foods that contain probiotics? If so, what's the big deal? Why are probiotic foods so essential?
These are important questions that you may be asking yourself, and the answers may surprise you.
When most people think of taking on a probiotic diet, they probably immediately think of yogurt! That's fair enough because organic natural yogurt is certainly one of the foods that contain probiotics, but there are plenty more.
Before we get into listing some of the best probiotic foods, let's just get the basics out of the way about what a probiotic actually is and why it's so important that you include them in your diet.
Probiotics are live microorganisms. In fact, they are bacteria. That may surprise you if you only think of bacteria in the negative sense.
We tell our children to wash their hands before they eat because we don't want them to get germs or bacteria from their hands in their mouth.
We are careful during food prep so that we don't contaminate our food with bacteria from raw meat, etc.
We cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze so we don't pass bacteria around.
These are all important actions, but now I'm telling you that we want to eat bacteria! Am I mad? That's debatable, but not because I recommend a probiotic diet! :)
There are all kinds of bacteria in the world. Some are damaging to the human body while others are beneficial to the human body. The strains of bacteria that are beneficial (often called good or friendly bacteria) are referred to as probiotics. Pro = promoting Biotic = life
Probiotic foods are almost always foods that have been fermented, which causes the breakdown of sugar and carbs in food, making them easier for the body to digest, and also providing us with this beneficial bacteria that takes up residence in our intestines and aids in digesting other foods, too.
Below are the some of the best and most common foods that contain probiotics for your reference.
Well, that's it for this list of foods that contain probiotics. Some of them you may love, while others may not be very appetizing to you.
If you find it difficult to eat enough probiotic food to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your system, there are always probiotic supplements. I supplement my probiotic diet with Florafood and some of the other best probiotics available on the market.
When it comes to friendly bacteria, your body really can't get enough!