Probiotics are an important part of a healthy diet
It’s important to add probiotics to your diet since there are incredible health benefits that go beyond digestion. Eating probiotics helps restore or enhance the health of our gut microbiome, according to Alyssa Pike, RD, the manager of Nutrition Communications for the International Food Information Council (IFIC). “Many of the microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies are like those found in probiotic foods, drinks, and dietary supplements,” Pike says. “The foods we eat can impact our gut microbiome, which is why it’s important to consume both pre and probiotic foods.” Here are some of the best options to add to your diet, besides yogurt.
Reheated potatoes, pasta, or rice
Cooked potatoes, rice, or pasta that have been cooled—and then reheated, or eaten cold—are a great sources of resistant starch, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Resistant starch is a prebiotic, a type of indigestible carbohydrate that acts like food for gut bacteria, encouraging the good bugs to grow and flourish. While resistant starch has many health benefits, one of its most promising aspects is its ability to increase insulin sensitivity, helping people reduce type 2 diabetes risk, per Johns Hopkins Medicine. Concerned about your blood sugar? Try these 7 ways to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.