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What Are The Major Sources Of Acidophilus

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Acidophilus in YogurtAcidophilus are probiotics that offer protection against harmfl disease-causing bacteria and the major sources of acidophilus are fermented dairy products and milk products. Acidophilus can also be obtained as nutritional supplements that are marketed in the form of granules, capsules, freeze-dried powders, liquid as well as included in probiotic extracts.

 

 

A Sneak Peek Into Acidophilus Sources

Let us take a detailed look into the major sources of acidophilus:

 

  1. Yogurt – Most common brands of yogurt contain active acidophilus. Active good bacteria promote digestive health.

  2. Kefir – This is a creamy dairy drink very similar in taste and texture to yogurt. Kefir is a rich source of acidophilus and in addition contains other Lactobacillus species too.

  3. Miso – Miso is a Japanese condiment that is produced by fermentation of soybeans. This is prepared by combining rice, salt, soybeans and mold culture in a cedar vat. This vat is aged for about 3 years. The conditions of the vat are optimum for natural growth of acidophilus. Hence, miso is one of the very potent acidophilus sources.

  4. Tempeh – This is a traditional Indonesian food and makes use of Tempehsoybean fermentation, similar to Japanese miso. Tempeh is made by mixing together rice or millet with soybeans and wrapping the mixture in banana leaves. The mixture is allowed to ferment for 24 hours allowing growth of acidophilus.

  5. Cheese – Some commercially available cheese contain acidophilus. Specially selected Amish Yogurt Cheese uses live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Cheeses that contain acidophilus would have feature words like 'active culture', 'live culture' etc on the packaging.

  6. Acidophilus Milk and Buttermilk – Both these acidophilus rich foods are produced by fermentation. Lactic acid bacteria is used for breaking down the lactose or milk sugar into lactic acid. The culture used in acidophilus milk is Lactobacillus acidophilus but other cultures of lactic acid bacteria are used in acidophilus buttermilk.

  7. Cabbage Products – Non-dairy acidophilus sources also include sauerkraut and kimchi, both of which use cabbage. While sauerkraut is fermented cabbage, kimchi is a Korean dish made of spicy cabbage.

  8. Soy Sauce – Soy sauce made of soybeans and molasses is another major source of acidophilus.

  9. Natural Products – Acidophilus occurs naturally in many food products like breast milk, wheat, garlic, honey, bananas, tomatoes and onions.

 

 

Supplements as Sources of Acidophilus

 

People who do not like the taste of fermented products or those who are lactose-intolerant can opt for acidophilus supplements. They are available at pharmacies in various forms such as freeze dried powders, freeze-dried granules, freeze-dried capsules, yogurt enhanced with acidophilus, liquid preparations. The supplements should be stored in refrigerator for maintaining quality. There are acidophilus supplements that do not disintegrate or spoil at room temperature too. It is advisable to consult physician prior to taking acidophilus, since even though reported side effects are very minor, finding out if patient is allergic to acidophilus is necessary. Acidophilus supplements benefit the most when taken on empty stomach or before a meal.

 

All major sources of acidophilus are easily obtainable and hence can be included as part of your diet.

 

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