Probiotics are commonly known for their help in fighting bowel and digestive issues and to aid in the fight against the acidity in your stomach. Probiotics are “good bacteria” in your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and immune health.
Most people turn to supplements when making sure to get their healthy dose of probiotics daily, but did you know that several probiotic foods are not only delicious but versatile (can be added to many dishes) and vegan-friendly?
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that support healthy gut function and aid in the digestion of food. They are essential for a healthy immune system (due to their metabolic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties).
The microorganisms in the body that come from probiotics are necessary for maintaining physiological processes, specifically, the conversion of food to critical nutrients that your body then absorbs.
There are several methods to influence the bacterial flora in your gut. These include eating fibrous plant foods, complex carbohydrates, fermented food, and, if you choose, taking probiotic supplements.
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The Best Probiotics for Vegans
The best probiotics for vegans will be foods full of complex carbohydrates, fermented food, and fibrous plant foods. These include:
- Kimchi (a spicy, fermented cabbage dish)
- Pickled Vegetables
- Kombucha (fermented tea)
- Water Kefir (a probiotic beverage)
- Miso Soup
- Fortified Dairy Alternatives (such as soy and nut-based milk and yogurts)
Commonly Asked Questions
How do I know if a probiotic is for Vegans?
If you choose to take a supplement, the best way to find out if it is vegan-friendly is by reading the ingredients on the label. Otherwise, refer to the guide above in the “The Best Probiotics for Vegans” section.
What are other common probiotics?
Other forms of probiotics are going to come in the form of supplements.
What is the difference between a Prebiotic and a Probiotic?
Prebiotics are food for your healthy gut bacteria in the form of plant fibers found in fruits and vegetables that the body can’t digest.
Probiotics are foods that contain specific types of live bacteria that increase the gut flora population – the community of healthy bacteria that live in your digestive tract. These bacteria feed on fermenting prebiotics to grow, reproduce, and thrive, keeping us healthy.