Wanted: Good Bacteria

Article by Catherine Guthrie

Probiotics at Work

Your guide to making the most of your body’s beneficial bugs — for gut health, immunity, metabolism and more.

Want to look and feel your very best? Start enjoying more foods naturally high in probiotics — and in the fiber-rich prebiotics that help those good bugs thrive.Probiotic-Rich Foods
Dairy Sources

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Buttermilk
  • Crème fraîche
  • Lassi, a drink made from yogurt and water
  • Aged cheeses, such as bleu, Gouda and cheddar

Fruit and Vegetable Sources

  • Brined pickles
  • Tangy chutneys
  • Brined olives
  • Sauerkraut and its ethnic variations — kimchi (Korean), tsukemono (Japanese), choucroute (French)
  • Sauerruben (fermented sour turnips)
  • Pickled beets

Soybean Sources

  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Natto
  • Soy sauce
  • Tamari

Grain Sources

  • Traditional sourdough breads

Nondairy Beverages

  • Kombucha

Prebiotic-Rich Foods

  • Tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Chicory
  • Greens (especially dandelion greens)
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Leeks


  • Berries
  • Bananas

Whole Grains

  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Flaxseeds
  • Wheat


  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Navy beans
  • White beans
  • Black beans

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