Lactose-intolerant? Vegan? Hate yogurt? 7 dairy-free foods loaded with probiotics

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The benefits of probiotics have become well-known—these “good” bacteria are especially beneficial for the digestive system. What’s less straightforward, however, is how to get the substance in your diet. Yogurt is a great source--unless you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, or don’t consume dairy products for other reasons.

“People are learning more about probiotics, but it’s still a revelation that probiotics come in food that isn’t yogurt,” says Andrea Potter, a chef, registered holistic nutritionist, cooking instructor, and founder of Vancouver’s Rooted Nutrition. “I started making sauerkraut when I stopped having dairy--when I cut out the only source of probiotics in my diet.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see several non-dairy sources of probiotic-rich foods. -- by Gail Johnson