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Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are highly important for keeping a healthy gut due to their high number of health benefits for your body and brain.

Lots of people opt for taking probiotic supplements, however it is easy to achieve the same benefits, if not better, by adjusting your diet to include probiotic foods.

Probiotic foods consist of fermented foods which can often include dairy such as yoghurt or kefir, but it is possible to source vegan probiotic foods that are just as good for you.

Here are some super healthy probiotic foods that are good for you: 

Tempeh

Fermented soya bean products such as tempeh and miso are a great source of probiotics. Tempeh is created by forming soya beans into a flat patty that is cut into strips and used for cooking in place of meat products.

Tempeh derives from Indonesia but has since become extremely popular world wide to add a meat-like texture to vegan meals such as stir fries, curries and salads.

The fermentation process of tempeh actually improves the beneficial profile of this product and could potentially enable our bodies to absorb more of the nutrients after being fermented. 

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is simply shredded cabbage that has been fermenting through a pickling process. This product is popular in European countries such as Germany where it is often used to top bratwurst sausages and served in buns. 

It is also used to top salads for a healthy source of probiotics. It is great teamed with falafels, olives and hummus for a delicious vegan friendly meal packed full of natural probiotics.

Once the pickling process is complete, this ingredient can be stored for months in an airtight container kept in the fridge. The flavour palette of sauerkraut is salty with a slightly sour taste, which pairs well with other strong flavoured foods whether vegan or not.

All types of sauerkraut are rich in vitamins and minerals, however it is important to note that where possible you should opt for unpasteurised sauerkraut. This is due to the pasteurisation process killing off the live bacteria meaning that it is no longer a probiotic food.

Kimchi

Kimchi is similar to sauerkraut where it is mainly made using cabbage. Kimchi is a spicy side dish that is popular in Asia. It is high in many vitamins and minerals and is a good source of iron.

It is made by fermenting the vegetable in a seasoning of spices such as chilli flakes, ginger and garlic. The fermentation process enhances the levels of lactic acid, an important component for a healthy digestive system.

It can be bought in airtight jars which will keep the product fresh for months if stored in the fridge.

Miso

Miso is a popular seasoning in Asia and particularly in Japan where it is used to flavour numerous dishes for a salty probiotic that boosts the health benefits of a dish.

Miso is made from soya beans combined with the likes of barley, rice or even rye. These ingredients are fermented together to form a paste that comes in a variety of shades such as brown and white.

Believe it or not, miso is a source of protein and fibre as well as being packed full of vitamins and minerals such as manganese. Miso is a fantastic probiotic to include in your diet for a delicious, naturally salty flavour.

We sell miso pastes and miso soups for a taste of Japan in your home! Soya sauce is also a great probiotic that adds flavour to Asian inspired dishes.

Pickled vegetables 

Pickled vegetables such as gherkins are made from fermenting vegetables in salt and water or a pickling spice for a long period of time. This process increases the amount of lactic acid bacteria in the vegetables making them sour in taste.

Gherkins for example, which are pickled cucumbers can be a brilliant source of gut friendly foods that are great for the digestive system.

If you are pickling your own vegetables such as cucumbers to make gherkins, be sure not to use vinegar in the process. If you add vinegar it can kill the live probiotics meaning it can lose all the health benefits associated with it.

Kombucha

Kombucha has grown in popularity over the recent years particularly with vegans due to the health benefits.

Kombucha derives from parts of Asia and is made from fermented green tea. The fermentation process includes the use of good bacteria and yeast which are good for a healthy gut.

It is best enjoyed chilled. Do not shake your bottles or cans of kombucha as it will kill the live bacteria.

 

You can buy probiotic foods such as the above from our online store. We deliver to the UK and throughout most of Europe. We offer fast delivery times and a friendly customer services team who are on hand to assist with your order should you require it.

 

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