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6 Surprising Sources of Probiotics (Slideshow)

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6 Surprising Sources of Probiotics (Slideshow)

 

These days, it seems that everyone is clamoring to get more probiotics in their diet. And there’s a good reason for that – from a healthier digestive track to a stronger immune system, the benefits of probiotics are numerous. But how much yogurt can one person really eat?! Do you really have to take a pill or use a fortified product to get the good stuff? And what about people who don’t eat dairy — are they forced to stick to soy milk and tempeh? Luckily, there are many other sources of probiotics, some you might be eating already! Click through to check out some surprising sources of probiotics.

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1. Certain Types of Cheese.

With the exception of cottage cheese, which is well-known for its excellent levels of probiotics, the longer a cheese has aged, the more probiotics the cheese has. Hard cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and parmesan are all good sources.

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2. Miso.

Many experts believe that miso helps in the recovery process of victims of radiation poisoning. For the rest of us, miso, a paste made from fermenting barley, soy and rice, is an excellent source of probiotics.

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7:44PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

thanks for the info

3:09AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I hate to say it, but these are kinda wrong...especially the sourdough, cooking kills all the probiotics organisms. And, yeah the others could potentially be probiotic...if unpasteurized, but that's unlikely. If anyone is trying these other foods, make sure they say "raw," "unheated" or "unpasteurized." Also, even if your miso is raw, you can't use more than warm water to prepare it. Bubbie's is a good brand of raw(ish) pickles/sauerkraut widely available. Most of these items are available if you look in health food stores for the right labels or make them yourself. Anyway, just kinda irks me that there's no warning that all these things are pasteurized by default. Better to say these are all fermented foods.

3:09AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I hate to say it, but these are kinda wrong...especially the sourdough, cooking kills all the probiotics organisms. And, yeah the others could potentially be probiotic...if unpasteurized, but that's unlikely. If anyone is trying these other foods, make sure they say "raw," "unheated" or "unpasteurized." Also, even if your miso is raw, you can't use more than warm water to prepare it. Bubbie's is a good brand of raw(ish) pickles/sauerkraut widely available. Most of these items are available if you look in health food stores for the right labels or make them yourself. Anyway, just kinda irks me that there's no warning that all these things are pasteurized by default. Better to say these are all fermented foods.

9:32PM PDT on May 2, 2014

Thsnks for sharing

1:26AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Some were surprising to me. Thanks for the post.

9:27PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you for information.

2:38AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

A better choice than chemicals

10:18AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

nice when healthy ideas taste good

7:21PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

I love cottage cheese and olives, miso can be very comforting, pickles are under-rated, sourdough bread is tasty, but the winner is: Dark Chocolate! (in moderation of course :-)

11:57PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thanks

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