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Probiotic food, the new way to lead a healthy life

Sep 27, 2007 04:43 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Probiotic food is making headlines with its health food tag but what exactly does it mean and why should you make it a part of your diet? For the uninitiated, no, it’s got nothing to do with robotics for sure!

Any fermented product contains probiotic bacteria, which are good bacteria. We have always been consuming it as curd but the new products in the market contain larger numbers of bacteria, more than three billion of them.

These are cultured on a large scale, and added to curd once it’s set and ready to be packed.

But it’s not just curd, there's tofu, milk and even ice cream, which will work inside your body in the same way.

So, apart from curing indigestion or acidity, probiotics improve resistance to infections and reduce bloating and flatulence. The only flipside is that you need to keep them under refrigeration at all times.

And here's something new – it’s not just dairy products, for those of you who may be lactose intolerant check this – dosas, idlis and uttapam are also fermented. So, gorge on all the South Indian fare and figure out your health score.