I've been posting a series of articles on probiotics for diabetics and why it is important to include probiotics in your diet if you want to reverse diabetes. Please look back at these articles for more information. When most people think of foods with probiotics, they immediately think of yogurt and kefir. However, many other foods also contain healthy probiotics and it is easy to incorporate these delicious foods into your diet.
It's important to understand the difference between foods with LIVE probiotics and those that may have been processed with live cultures but later during processing were heated to the point that the probiotics are no longer living. For the benefit, you want LIVE probiotics. If you buy a product that contains "cultured milk" that is then pasteurized, it no longer has LIVE cultures. The same is true for fermented foods. If a food is fermented with microorganisms but then later heated to high temperatures, it will no longer contain LIVE cultures.
Many other dairy products contain probiotics. Sour cream is a good example, especially if you buy a high quality organic brand. Sour cream is an excellent base for many home made salad dressings, it's great on eggs/omlets, soups, beans, casseroles, etc.... I also like a big dollop on baked salmon. Like other probiotics, it is best if you do NOT cook it as you want to keep those healthy bugs alive. Putting a dollop on warm food though shouldn't kill too many. Some cheeses also contain probiotics. Blue cheese is a great example and there are a number of salads and salad dressings that blue cheese dresses up! Try also to by raw cheeses as these will have more probiotics.
Raw milk is another excellent source of probiotics. In fact, it has more probiotics than any type of yogurt. Some people also culture raw milk into a substance that is very much like yogurt. This multiples the probiotics in the raw milk.
Kim chi and other lacto-fermented vegetables is another excellent source of probiotics. Many natural food stores now offer locally produced kim chi. You may find some at your local Asian store as well. Another good example of a fermented food that contains LIVE probiotics is meso in all its various forms. There are MANY varieties of meso soup (contains aspergillus oryzae) so if you try one and don't like it, be sure to give it a second, third, fourth, etc chance! It can be made from fermented fish/seafood, fermented beans, fermented barley, fermented mushrooms, fermented rice, fermented kelp/seaweed, and various combinations of all of these. Other great fermented foods that contain probiotics include some varieties of sour kraut (lactobacillus, pediococcus), natto (fermented soybeans), and tempeh (another fermented soy bean product).
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