6 Surprising Sources of Probiotics

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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3. Dark Chocolate.

Mother Nature threw us a bone on this one! Dark chocolate isn’t just a tasty source of antioxidants, it’s also a healthy source of probiotics. In fact, the sweet stuff has more probiotics than many dairy products — up to 4 times more.

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4. Sourdough Bread.

Probiotics, right in your sandwich! Sourdough bread contains lactobacilli, a bacteria that is thought to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

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5. Olives.

Good things do come in small packages! Olives in brine are an excellent source of probiotics.

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6. Pickles.

When pickles are, well, pickled, in sea salt and water — not vinegar — they’re packed with the healthy bacteria you’re looking for. Even better? Making your own pickles!

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585 comments

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvinabout a year ago

More evidence that pickles are amazing

Sandra Patterson
Sandra ;atterson1 years ago

thanks for the info

Janelle H.
Janelle H.1 years ago

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.

Janelle H.
Janelle H.1 years ago

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.

Franck Rio
Frank R.2 years ago

Thsnks for sharing

Mac C.
mac C.2 years ago

Some were surprising to me. Thanks for the post.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Thank you for information.

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

A better choice than chemicals

Azaima A.
Azaima A.2 years ago

nice when healthy ideas taste good

Ben B.
Ben B.2 years ago

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 :-)