If you want to start eating fermented foods for the probiotic benefits but don’t know where to start, Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.S., R.D., says try yogurt, sauerkraut and – our favorite—tempeh, the savory fermented cake typically made from soybeans. In her article “3 Probiotic Foods to Try” for Consumer Reports, Meltzer Warren talks about how the three have good-for-you probiotics that help with digestion and how probiotics may up a food’s nutritional value, in some cases.
Probiotics may also boost immunity and help people lose weight, but more research is needed, says Meltzer Warren. She notes that there is some evidence that probiotics can help people who suffer diarrhea from antibiotics or contaminated food and may lessen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Instead of using probiotic supplements, “in many cases, probiotic foods supply enough good bacteria to help,” she writes.
Beyond tempeh’s probiotic goodness, it has a toothsome texture and earthy, nutty flavor. It’s higher in protein and fiber than tofu and a versatile meat alternative that can be incorporated into so many recipes.
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