Facts About Probiotics and Main Food Sources
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotic enzymes are microorganisms which are essential for proper digestion. Other possible benefits of these microorganisms are: cure for diarrhea, assist in brain function, lowers level of bad cholesterol, can lower blood pressure, protects the body from infection, and others.
4 Main Food Sources of Probiotics
- Yogurt cultures are the bacteria used to make this yummy and creamy food. It may come in a form of drink or scooped cream. The most common source of yogurt is cow’s milk but researches show that the best source of yogurt is goat’s milk. This is a great source of probiotic for men and women and even children. Be aware that these products have already grown numbers of brands competing in the market. Others are sweetened and flavored making it less nutritious because of the added ingredients. As a yogurt consumer, I prefer buying homemade yogurt (plain or with natural fruit flavors) because I want to enjoy its probiotic supplement more than its delicious taste. Yogurt has been my favorite source of probiotics.
- Kefir was a word which originated from Russia in the late 1800s (we actually have our own term of this product but I totally forgot). Kefir grains are soluble in water and with white or yellow color and a sour taste similar to a thin yogurt. Probiotic bacteria found in kefir are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus and others.
- Sauerkraut is a side dish common in European and German cuisines. Sauerkraut is known to be a source of vitamins B, K, and C, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and is also a high source of calcium and magnesium. With its nutritional contents, I guessed it would be a very nice dish to be added to a pregnant woman’s diet.
- Tempeh is sourced from processed soybean which originated in India. There are a lot of ways on how to cook this food but most prefer to fry it. It is also a known substitute of meat or tofu (I think they are similar with tofu or tokwa). If you are sourcing a way to serve your family with kids probiotic and multivitamin, this may be one option. It can be added to sandwiches in substitute of burger patties or ham. It can also be added to sautéed vegetables to add more flavor.
Which is your favorite among the listed sources of probiotic?
Other Sources of Probiotic
Aside from the aforementioned dishes, probiotic supplement can also be in forms of capsules, liquid drinks or gel supplements and tablets like Vitrubian’s Probiotic which is sold by 60 pearl tablets per bottle in Amazon. If you prefer to take it aside from the food sources, you might want to view what users are saying about it.