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  • Non-Dairy Probiotic Foods?

    Hi all,

    I eliminated gluten a long time ago and eat very few other grains-- so now I'd like to cut out dairy for a while and see if it helps with my eczema. My only real hesitation is the loss of my beloved yogurt and kefir. What would you recommend as good non-dairy probiotic foods?

    If there is already a thread on this topic, please redirect me there. I just couldn't find one.

    Thanks a bunch.

  • #2
    Water kefir grains are an option... and kombucha.
    And any fermented veg like sauerkraut... if it's naturally fermented and not pickled.
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
    ~Friedrich Nietzsche
    And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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    • #3
      yep, sauerkraut and pickles and kim chee. I either make my own or I buy the ones from the refrigerated section that have live cultures.

      I'm not sure where you live, but around here we have pickles & kraut from a company called Sonoma Brinery. Sometimes I also buy Bubbies.

      But really, if you just look in your refrigerated section of your local health food store, you'll see all sorts of options.

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      • #4
        Oh, and our farmer's markets usually have a few hippies selling some fabulous homemade raw kraut. So you might check there as well.

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        • #5
          Water kefir, coconut kefir, cultured vegetables such as fresh sauerkraut, miso and tempeh are a few. Don't forget though that fibers (prebiotics) are more important than probiotics for the long term. Probiotics can only replace a very limited number of the thousands of strains of beneficial microbes that inhabit our body making probiotics of limited benefit. Fibers feed all the flora boosting their numbers. Simply taking probiotics and never feeding them is like planting a tropical plant in poor soil and never giving it any nutrition to grow. If you are really lucky it may survive, but it will not thrive.

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          • #6
            But if you are not doing grains and/or beans, remember that miso is made from soybeans and barley (or rice), and of course tempeh is soybeans as well.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
              But if you are not doing grains and/or beans, remember that miso is made from soybeans and barley (or rice), and of course tempeh is soybeans as well.
              I eat beans, grains, seeds, vegetables, meats, etc. I don't follow any strict diets.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
                But if you are not doing grains and/or beans, remember that miso is made from soybeans and barley (or rice), and of course tempeh is soybeans as well.
                Which is why I skipped them... this being a Primal/Paleo site and all...
                I'm sure there are plenty of probiotic bugs to be found without the beans/grains...
                And plenty of prebiotic fiber as well.
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                  Which is why I skipped them... this being a Primal/Paleo site and all...
                  I'm sure there are plenty of probiotic bugs to be found without the beans/grains...
                  And plenty of prebiotic fiber as well.
                  Exactly. I don't entirely understand why folks sign up for forums like this if they're not going to follow the basic tenets of this way of eating. But I guess if that's what floats their boat, power to them. As long as they're not trolling. ;-)

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                  • #10
                    Sounds like fermented veg are some of my best options guess I should get cracking! Off to buy some cabbage...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
                      Exactly. I don't entirely understand why folks sign up for forums like this if they're not going to follow the basic tenets of this way of eating. But I guess if that's what floats their boat, power to them. As long as they're not trolling. ;-)
                      I did not even know this site existed until links got posted over on another site I was posting on. The links were part of a debate on iodine, and there was a lot of incorrect and dangerous information being pushed by one particular poster. So I signed up to address the claims that were being made. As I looked through the site I found that even the site is supposed to be about the paleo diet, which different paleo sites have different ideas on, but people were posting on all sorts of things not even related to paleo so I stuck around.

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                      • #12
                        For non-dairy probiotics, I make my own kombucha, and I've been experimenting with lacto-fermenting fruits and veggies. (Actually, that's a lie, i haven't actually fermented fruit yet, but it's next on my list to try!)


                        This site has some cool recipes (beet kvass is on my list of things to try, too!)


                        Fermented Food Recipes | Paleo Diet Lifestyle

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                          For non-dairy probiotics, I make my own kombucha, and I've been experimenting with lacto-fermenting fruits and veggies. (Actually, that's a lie, i haven't actually fermented fruit yet, but it's next on my list to try!)


                          This site has some cool recipes (beet kvass is on my list of things to try, too!)


                          Fermented Food Recipes | Paleo Diet Lifestyle

                          enjoyed that site. I havent made kraut for a couple of decades, though I think about it nearly every week for the last few months. I can remember we use to put a chunk of potato in the top to weight it down, then discard it later. I havent researched but I wondered if anyone has in insight on that practice (like does it add anything else in the process) or does anyone do that anymore?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gopintos View Post
                            I can remember we use to put a chunk of potato in the top to weight it down, then discard it later. I havent researched but I wondered if anyone has in insight on that practice (like does it add anything else in the process) or does anyone do that anymore?
                            I never heard of the potato thing, always hear/read the recommendation to use a heavy plate to weigh down the stuff...I'm curious to hear what that's about, too!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
                              Exactly. I don't entirely understand why folks sign up for forums like this if they're not going to follow the basic tenets of this way of eating. But I guess if that's what floats their boat, power to them. As long as they're not trolling. ;-)
                              I think a lot of peeps really get riled up to go on forums they don't care about just to argue...That reminds me, haven't heard from jim Henson lately. (Maybe JamesS is his new screen name?)

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