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A List of Probiotic Foods

Leena Palande Dec 10, 2018
Probiotics or the bacteria found in our intestines, are essential for proper digestion of food. The probiotic foods can help improve your health. Read on to know which foods contain probiotics and what are the health benefits of probiotic foods...
Probiotics are the friendly bacteria which help improve your health in several ways. Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for infections and diseases, while probiotics are responsible for smooth digestion.
These days, live cultures of probiotics are added to various products. They help enhance the nutritional value of the product. Moreover, probiotic supplements in the form of powder, capsules, drinks, shakes are available in the market.

Health Benefits of Probiotic Foods

► Probiotics help lower the symptoms of seasonal allergies, sinusitis and bronchitis.
► In children and adults, they help prevent rotavirus diarrhea and traveler's diarrhea respectively.
► Foods that contain beneficial bacteria help regularize bowel movements, thereby preventing indigestion, bloating, constipation, etc.
► It is believed that these foods help lower the risk of certain cancers, especially colon cancer, by maintaining the health of the digestive tract.
► These foods help prevent Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infection of the digestive tract, urinary tract infections, etc.
► These bacteria help avoid fungal infections. They help prevent microorganisms from invading the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, vagina, etc.
► They promote quick recovery in any illness. Foods with friendly bacteria help manage pouchitis (a condition that may arise after the surgical removal of the colon). They helps preventing upset stomach.
► If a breastfeeding mother takes antibiotics, then the infant may suffer from the side effects of antibiotics. Probiotics can be given to infants to avoid this. Make sure that 'probiotics for infants' are safe and do not cause any side effects.
► By improving the digestive health, the friendly bacteria help improve the overall health. This results in improved quality of your skin. Regular consumption of foods rich in probiotics can offer you glowing skin. Moreover, these foods are believed to prevent and lower the symptoms of eczema in children.
► Probiotics help lower the symptoms of diarrhea caused by consumption of antibiotics. Antibiotics are administered to kill the pathogenic bacteria; but they also kill the beneficial bacteria. They destroy the natural flora of the intestines and increase the chances of infections and diseases. Here follows probiotic foods list for you.

List of Probiotic Foods for Good Health

Buttermilk made from yogurt containing good bacteria.
► Honey
► Apple cider vinegar
► Cottage cheese (old cheese contains more probiotics)
► Ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algae
► Bottled smoothies, butter and sour cream, labeled as "cultured"
► Dhokla (Indian, gram flour batter fermented snack)
► Idli (Popular Indian snack, made from the fermented batter of rice and black lentils)
► Kefir (Sour beverage made from fermented milk, originated in the Caucasus region)
► Kombucha, (Fermented health drink made from tea, sugar and live cultures)
► Kim Chi (Spicy, pungent fermented cabbage, a typical and popular Korean dish)
► Natto (Japanese food item made from fermented soy beans)
► Sauerkraut (Finely shredded cabbage fermented in brine)
► Tempeh (Indonesian food made from fermented whole soy beans)
► Yogurt (Most popular food, available in various flavors, but all yogurts do not contain probiotics)
► Probiotic food supplements in the form of pills, powders, capsules, drinks
► Powder shake drink supplements that contain useful bacteria
► Organic snack bars to which live cultures of friendly bacteria are added
► Baby food fortified with beneficial bacteria
► Certain brands of cereal that claim to be the best probiotic food for children.
► Probiotic ice creams, chocolates, etc.
► Dosa (Typical South Indian dish, requires a perfect combination of rice and black lentils, in the form of fermented batter)
► Probiotic hummus (Popular Middle Eastern dip and sandwich spread made from chickpeas and tahini sauce that contains sesame paste)
► Unpasteurized pickles, for example, pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables, pickled olives (Organic, raw varieties, no use of sodium benzoate)
► Miso (A fermented soybean paste or paste made from other grains like rice, barley, etc.; used as a sauce, soup base or spread; popular Japanese food)
Excessive consumption of probiotic foods can result in certain side effects. Instead of improving the digestive health, probiotic supplements may destroy the intestinal flora, when taken in excessive amount.
Excessive consumption of natural probiotic foods can result in mild side effects like bloating, gas, stomach upset, general discomfort, etc. Most product labels describe the possible side effects of probiotics.
By including probiotic foods in your regular diet, you can improve your overall health. The beneficial bacteria help strengthen your immune system. Foods that contain the bacteria help improve your looks as they help improve the texture of your skin. Enjoy at least a bowl of probiotics enriched yogurt, every day and stay healthy.