Probiotic alternatives for people who don’t like yogurt
You’ve seen us sing the praises of probiotics. Unfortunately, you might not like yogurt, the most popular source of probiotics in the American diet.
Yogurt ads and packaging may make you think they’re the only source, which isn’t great if you don’t like (or can’t digest) yogurt. But the truth is, probiotics exist in several fermented foods.
Probiotics are live bacteria found in foods that are associated with health benefits ranging from better digestion to better mood. They can also play a role in inflammation and the immune response.
Although they are known to have health benefits, there is no recommended daily intake for probiotics like vitamins and minerals. Plus, there’s little understanding on how many or types you should eat.
At this point, the suggestion is to simply include it in your diet every day.
So where to find them? More places than you might think. Probiotics come in a variety of tastes and textures that should satisfy most palates.
Kefir: A yogurt-like drink that is smoother than yogurt with a slightly more tart flavor. It can be a great base for smoothies and is also available in non-dairy options like coconut milk.
Kimchi: Kimchi is a fermented cabbage that has crunch, spice, and a reddish tinge. It is made with a mixture of garlic, chili peppers, salt and vinegar, and can be served on its own or over rice or noodles.
Kombucha: Kombucha is a popular fermented tea that has a sparkling texture and a tangy, tangy taste. You can get it almost anywhere; just watch out for options with added sugars.
Pickles: Yes, the classic American side can also have probiotics. The secret is to make sure they are brined in water and sea salt instead of vinegar.
Miso: Miso is very popular in Japanese cuisine. It is made from soybeans fermented with brown rice and has a salty taste. It can be used as a dip or garnish, while also lending itself well to marinades.