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5 Foods Full of (Good For You) Bacteria

5 Foods Full of (Good For You) Bacteria
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Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on September 20, 2012. Enjoy!

Did you eat your bacteria today?

You may well have if you ate a cheese sandwich, drank coffee or had lunch at a Korean restaurant. Yogurt — whose ingredients are milk and bacteria — has many health benefits (such as reducing stress) from probiotics, beneficial micro-organisms or “good” bacteria.

Sandor Ellix Katz, author of the book “The Art of Fermentation,” “knows how to get you revved up to eat bacteria” and to fill your plate with a “vast army of invisible dining companions,” those microorganisms in foods including cheese and pickles. As research like that undertaken by the Human Microbiome Project is revealing, the bacteria in our bodies can have a positive impact on our health by aiding digestion, helping with stomach upset and boosting the immune system.

Here are five foods that can help you get your daily dose of bacteria.

1. Miso


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The Japanese soybean paste is made from barley or rice colonized by mold that is combined with a soybean base, though adventurous chefs are using pistachios, pine nuts, lentils or mung beans. Miso is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids and has a number of benefits as a digestive aid.

2. Cheese

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3:36AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014


12:03AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Good information. While the yogurt and fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir are pretty well known by now, things like miso and certain soy sauces are not thought of so often. Thank you.

8:00AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

You left out the king of all good bacteria filled foods/drink milk kefir! You get some milk kefir grains, put them in milk and let it sit for 24-48 hours and then strain out the grains (put them back into milk) and you drink the milk that they fermented. I didn't like the taste but it sorted out my gut problems for me!

7:18AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

I have heard that a TBL. ofsauerkraut is also one of the best sources of "good bacteria"

3:50AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Thank you

1:49AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Thank you

1:42AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

thank you for sharing

1:15AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Thanks for the informative article.

11:17PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

For thought and Thanks!

10:47PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Thank you

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