5 Foods High in Probiotics (That Aren’t Yogurt)


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There are other ways to get your daily dose.

New research published in the journal Hypertension finds that people who eat probiotics usually have lower blood pressure readings than those who don’t. Add it to the list of health benefits that come from consuming the live microorganisms (namely, better-functioning digestive and immune systems). But what if you aren’t a big fan of yoghurt – or you just want to switch things up? Luckily, it’s not your only option if you want to up your intake of probiotics.

All of the following foods are also good sources…

Kombucha

This fermented tea is packed with beneficial bacteria. Find out more about the healthful drink.

Fermented Vegetables

Pile on the sauerkraut and Kimchi; they’re both fermented with strains of beneficial lactic acid bacteria. As an added bonus, many fermented vegetables have a longer shelf life than fresh ones.

Miso

This fermented soybean-based product is rich in probiotics because it’s made with a “starter” of lactic acids.

Kefir

If you’re a big fan of yoghurt but want to enjoy something more travel-friendly, try probiotic-rich kefir, which is almost like a drinkable yogurt.

Fermented Cheeses

Some cheeses, such as Gouda, cheddar and Swiss, are made with lactic acid bacteria. While the probiotic content does vary, it can’t hurt to ask the person behind the counter at your local cheese shop to point you in the direction of a great Gouda.

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