You may have been told that your yogourt is a great source of probiotics, but that isn't necessarily the case. Many commercial yogourts are not cultered as they used to be, and it's this process that provides you with the good bacteria that everyone is raving about. To find out if dairy-free is just a fad, click here.
So if dairy isn't an ideal food source of probiotic, which foods should you explore? Here are the top 4 sources of probiotic:
Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage providing you with live and active probiotic strains that help with improving digestive disorders such as IBS, leaky gut, crohn's and colitis.
If you haven't dabbled in the sour flavour of sauerkraut yourself before than you may have seen a person or two topping a hot dog or sausage with it.
Kimchi is a common side dish in Korean diets made from salted and spiced fermented vegetables. This gut friendly food choice is typically made from napa cabbage and radishes, but really the magic is in the chilli, scallions, garlic and ginger that bring this dish to life.
You can enjoy kimchi on salads, stir frys and soups for a kick of flavour... oh and good bacteria.
Miso is a traditional salty Japanese seasoning paste commonly added to soups and stews. Miso is usually fermented from soy beans, however miso pastes can be found in your local health food store made from chickpeas and even rice if soy does not agree with your body.
Tempeh is popular amongst the vegan and vegetarian community as a meat alternative. Fermented from soy beans, tempeh is high in protein and good bacteria and can easily be flavour to your liking.
Add to salads, sandwhichs, stir frys and wraps to get your fix of the variety of health benefits.
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