I am sure you have heard of good bacteria or probiotics. You see the words “contains probiotics” popping up all over the supermarkets. So why consume probiotics or good bacteria? The largest benefit to consuming probiotics is that they may improve your immunity.
The foods that contain probiotics are what I think of as, “living” foods, they are not “processed foods”. I always think of processed foods as foods that are definitely “dead”, not even close to being alive.
The foods that contain high counts of Probiotics are:
• Yogurt with “live and active cultures”
• Sauerkraut and kim chee
• Miso -soybean paste, you may have tried miso soup
• Soft cheeses like Gouda
• Kefir - yummy yogurt tasting drink
• Acidophilus milk
• Tempeh which is fermented soybeans, this is a great meat replacer, cut it up and saute in your stir fry.
This is usually found in the “natural food” area, in refrigerated section. It is 1⁄2 inch x 6 inch x 3 inches.
There is plain and also marinated.
• Pickles fermented without vinegar, instead of fermented in water and salt.
Prebiotics are foods that contain nourishment for the good bacteria. Including both prebiotic and probiotics in
your diet is a wonderful mix that may improve your immunity. Some great sources of prebiotics are bananas, berries, garlic, greens, leeks, onions, artichokes, wheat, honey, flax and oatmeal.
Thu, December 29, 2011
by Melissa Weber, Dietitian, PAHCS