Featured product: Health-Ade Kombucha
While getting your fill of gut-healthy prebiotics and probiotics was on the rise in 2019, you’ll continue to find this trend growing in 2020. According to the Mayo Clinic, prebiotics help promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Meanwhile, probiotics contain bacteria that support the population of healthy gut microbes.
To get your fix, imbibe in probiotic-rich Health-Ade Kombucha (pictured here) to guzzle down some beneficial bacteria. During the fermentation process, probiotics essentially eat sugars to turn them into bubbles and good-for-you acids — aka kombucha. You’ll find probiotics in other kombucha brands, too, including GT’s Living Foods, which in addition to kombucha offers Probiotic Shots made from a base of coconut water or veggies. The 2020 food and culinary trend report from America’s Test Kitchen touts fermentation as a top trend that will gain traction in 2020.
If you want to try fermented foods but kombucha isn’t your thing, you have options beyond plain yogurt. Lifeway Kefir spreadable farmer cheese is strained from kefir and contains a dozen strains of probiotics. And then there’s Farmhouse Culture’s Kraut Krisps, made from, well, sauerkraut, and oatmeal with heat-resistant probiotics from think!
Standard probiotic foods include kvass, kimchi, and plain kefir itself. “There are good products out there with probiotics and prebiotics,” says Collingwood. “But also just enjoy eating real, fresh, whole foods that are good for the gut!”
“We are learning more and more about the benefits of a healthy microbiome, so there’s a lot of interest about ways to feed the trillions of bacteria in our guts,” says Samantha Cassetty, RD, in private practice in New York City. The microbiome is the community of microbes, including bacteria in the gut, that may play a role in the development of health conditions such as diabetes, eczema, cancer, and depression, according to the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah.