Living with Herbs
There is more than yogurt
Probiotics are live bacteria your body needs in order to digest properly. They are found naturally in your body – your colon depends on these ‘good bacteria’ – and in certain foods. Lactobacillus – the most common probiotic bacteria – is found in dairy products and fermented foods – such as sauerkraut, fermented pickles, and sour dough as well as in hot sauce.
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What to look for
When looking for fermented food, choose ‘barrel cured’ sauerkraut to make sure it is not pasteurized. Pasteurization kills live active bacteria – also the good ones. Same goes for pickles. They have to be fermented. Salt and water - not vinegar - has to be used in the pickling process in order to grow the ‘good’ bacteria. In addition sauerkraut contains a lot of vitamins that help boost the immune system.
Even ‘Hot Sauce’, when made out of fermented chili peppers, is probiotic. By the way: When I was looking on the internet for starters to make my own yogurt, I came across suggesting stems of chili peppers. Obviously probiotic bacteria live on these stems.
Sour dough bread is a good source for probiotics as well. But again: Make sure it contains naturally grown ‘sour dough’. Some weeks ago I saw an article in NY Times you may enjoy: "Sourdough Starter, America's Rising Pet". Maybe you want to try growing your own sour dough.
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Dr. Angela C. Fritz