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5 Foods Full of (Good For You) Bacteria

5 Foods Full of (Good For You) Bacteria
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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

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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1:15PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Don't forget tempeh! It's vegan, fermented and great!

2:32PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Fermented or cultured foods in general are good for you. You can actually culture many other kinds of food with a simple culture kit you can buy from online or in health stores.

2:07AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Thank you :)

1:30PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

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1:29PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

My daily intake of plain Kefir cultured milk smoothie mixed with protein powder as a dip for Mary's Gone Crackers that are gluten free and filled to the core with whole grains and seeds is my alternative to the sugar-belguim waffle and Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream of yesteryear. UMMMMM!

8:27AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012


12:46PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Not only do I eat bacteria - I drink it. Probiotics are the best defense - over that of traditional anti-biotics, at least in my edition of my book, "Recipes for Remedies" coming soon. Since I did a cursory search for the title - surprizingly without viewing same title. I am taking it home with me.

4:38PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I like and make my own kimchi!!!

11:06AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Yum. I love Miso soup...and I like yogart. Bring on the good bacteria, I love you and so does my gut.

9:38AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Making your own yogurt is fun and good for you. Active bacteria can outnumber bad bacteria in our gut and help our immune systems.

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