Are you familiar with the health benefits of probiotics? Bacteria has a reputation for making us sick. However, some bacteria are actually beneficial for our health.
E. coli and Salmonella are two strands of ‘bad’ bacteria that can potentially be deadly. We usually expose ourselves to these types of bacteria by eating food that has been in the fridge for too long or eating off surfaces in contact with raw meat.
Fermented foods such as yogurt and kombucha contain ‘good’ bacteria known as probiotics. We have billions of these good bacteria in our guts but eating more fermented foods allows us to improve our ratio of good to bad bacteria.
The exact probiotic count of foods varies widely based on the fermentation process. For example, yogurt generally has between 90 and 500 million colony-forming units per serving.
Here’s a list of common foods that contain probiotics:
- Yogurt - between 60 million – 1 billion CFU per gram
- Kefir - more than 1 billion CFU per gram
- Kimchi - between 100 million – 1 billion CFU per gram
- Kombucha - up to 100 million CFU per gram
- Miso - up to 100 million CFU per gram
- Sauerkraut - between 100 million – 1 billion CFU per gram
- Apple cider vinegar - up to 100 million CFU per gram