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.
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.
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