13 Probiotic-Filled Foods

Wondering how to get more probiotics into your diet? Here are 13 foods to get you started.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    Yogurt

    Not all yogurts are the same, so watch out for yogurts filled with sugars and syrups. Instead, pick yogurts that have natural ingredients and say “live and active cultures” for maximum health and probiotics benefits.
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    Kombucha tea (fermented tea)

    Found in Asian grocery stores and health food stores, Kombucha tea is a dark tea that has been found to increase energy and help with the stomach’s natural digestion. Try it hot or iced.

    Plus: The Power of Antioxidants and Tea

    Miso soup

    Popular in Japanese restaurants, miso soup is a tofu and vegetable broth soup that’s low in calories and high in probiotics and protein. Often available at the grocery store to make at home, it’s a healthy and delicious break from the normal canned soup.

    Plus: Miso Cod with Buttered Mushrooms Recipe

    Soy milk

    Soy naturally contains some probiotic benefits, but new soy milk products on the market have added extra live cultures. Look for labels that say “live and active cultures” to be sure.

    Plus: 3 Tasty Ways to Add Soy to Your Diet

    Kefir

    A cross between yogurt and milk, kefir is a delicious way to get probiotics and vitamins into your system. Try it flavored or plain over healthy granola, fruit, or as a smoothie-like drink.

    Sauerkraut

    Who knew this delicious pickled cabbage dish also contained probiotics? Add a scoop on your favorite hot dog or eat as a side dish.

    Plus: Cabbage for Weight Loss and More

    Milk

    Though it’s relatively new to the market, there are a few types of milk that contain added probiotics. Some research has concluded that probiotic milk may cause gas and bloating in kids and the elderly, so check with your doctor to make sure it’s okay for use in your home.

    Plus: 10 New Uses for Milk

    Dark chocolate

    Delicious and nutritious – really! Dark chocolate contains probiotics and antioxidants to keep your stomach healthy and your sweet tooth satisfied.

    Plus: Our Favorite Chocolate Dessert Recipes

    Microalgae

    Sometimes called “blue algae,” microalgae is a grassy, green plant that’s often used in juices. Check your local health food store or juice bar to try this unexpectedly delicious treat.

    Pickles

    Whether you like them sweet or dill, pickles contain a good amount of probiotics for your system. Add to your sandwiches for some crunch.

    Tempeh

    Made from soy protein, tempeh is a delicious meat substitute that’s full of vitamin B12 and probiotics. Try it baked, grilled, or sautéed for a tasty meatless meal.

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    Kimchi

    A popular Korean side dish, kimchi is fermented and pickled cabbage that can be very spicy. Filled with vitamins, calcium, and probiotics; it’s an excellent and hot way to stay healthy.

    Plus: Fatty Crab's Kimchi Slaw Recipe

    Olives

    Olives in brine have large amounts of probiotics because the brine allows the probiotic cultures to thrive. Snack on your favorite type of olive or add to a salad or pizza.

    Plus: Olives: A Powerhouse Food

    Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Harvard Medical School, Global Healing Center, Slate.com

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