Probiotics have become very popular in recent years due to their ability to alleviate numerous gut related issues.* The amount of probiotic-rich foods available in the world are vast. However, a large amount of foods that contain probiotics are dairy based (yogurt, cheese, etc.). The three foods that we’ll discuss are not only vegan but contain a very high probiotic content, making them appealing for vegans and non vegans alike.
Tempeh-Made from soybeans that have been cooked and fermented, a 200 calorie serving offers 21.1 grams or 42 percent of the daily value of protein. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, iron, and magnesium, and contains all nine essential amino acids*
Kimchi-A Korean side dish that can be made by fermenting vegetables (most notably cabbage), with several spices and herbs in an airtight container for a few days or up to a week.* The process of lacto-fermentation results in the resident micro-organism culture to break down the sugars present into lactic acid, which increases the shelf-life of the vegetables by preserving them.*
Miso-Miso contains approximately 10² to 10⁷ colony forming units (CFU) per gram of probiotics, making this an extremely rich probiotic source.
These vegan friendly, probiotic rich foods serve as a great start to not only adding more probiotics to your diet, but also potentially starting a vegan lifestyle. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medical, exercise, or diet regimen.