Mar 27 2016

Check all Ingredients in Foods Containing Probiotics

Published by at 11:28 am under probiotic supplements

Read between the lines when selecting foods containing probiotics.
Probiotics can be found in many foods but beware of unwanted additives and mystery ingredients.

 

If you are proactive about your health and getting probiotics in your diet, then you are most likely aware of the various foods that naturally contain them. Such foods as yogurt, kefir, tempeh, miso, kimchi, kombucha, fermented foods such as sauerkraut and aged cheeses…these are all a good source of probiotics, but not necessarily foods we eat every day. As people are becoming more and more aware of probiotics’ benefits, food companies are jumping on the bandwagon and adding them to various foods and drinks, from breads and cereals to juices. It is easy to wonder how much of this is marketing and sales gimmicks.(1,2)*

If you eat certain foods because they contain probiotics, you must choose carefully and ask yourself… how much friendly bacteria are you actually getting? What state are the friendly critters in when you consume them? And what else are you consuming along with them? What additional ingredients are in the product you selected such as sugars, artificial ingredients, additives and dyes, which do harm to our microbiome and are counterproductive to building a healthy immune system? These additives are not recognized by the body and wreak havoc on the balance of our microflora and defeat the purpose of why you chose that food in the first place.*  

I bring this up because I was looking at some yogurt labels recently, and was startled by the various lists of ingredients found in them. Some were more wholesome than others. But I was taken aback when reading the labels of a popular brand of yogurt. For example, the Red Velvet Cake light yogurt, which looked tasty and touted fewer calories, had such ingredients as Sucralose, Red #40, Yellow #6, and Blue #1. I realized that many of us think we are doing the right thing grabbing a light yogurt, but this is really not the best choice! Looking at another popular brand’s coffee yogurt, I was pleased to see all natural ingredients listed on the label. The point is, if you are looking to yogurt or any food for probiotics, choose carefully and read the labels!*

Are you eating kimichi, saurerkraut, or aged cheeses every day?  Most likely, the answer is no. If you are consuming organic fresh vegetables and fruits, you are doing great, as this is your best source! Remember, before industrialized farming took hold in our country, organic produce was our source for healthy bacteria…the food that was grown in rich, wholesome soil. We naturally consumed these good bacteria and our microbiomes were healthy. As the soils have been depleted due to over farming and the continued use of pesticides, we now need to be deliberate in how we get these friendly bacteria into our guts. That is why BODY BIOTICS™ BIOIDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ with Prebiotics is so important. It was developed with seven specially selected bacteria that work together in consortia. They complement each other, with each bacteria strain doing its own job in the digestive tract and then work together for full efficacy.*  

So continue to enjoy your favorite yogurt and foods, but read the labels! Make sure you are getting wholesome, organic ingredients and not a bunch of artificial sweeteners, sugars, preservatives and dyes that have no place in a healthy diet.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.livescience.com/46626-probiotic-safety-tips.html
  2. http://dailyburn.com/life/health/foods-with-probiotics/

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