Eat these foods together for pumped-up probiotic power

Sometimes, we get so focused on how individual foods or nutrients benefit our health that we forget to look at the big picture…

Foods and nutrients aren’t eaten in isolation. They’re eaten in unique combinations that produce different results in your body.

Certain combinations are better for your health than others. And it’s good to know which foods and nutrients boost each other’s health-giving potential, and which don’t.

For example, did you know that there’s a food that can boost the beneficial effect of probiotics?

It’s something you might not think to eat with probiotic-rich foods. But once you know exactly how this food makes your probiotics more effective, I’m sure you’ll consider snacking on this power pair in the future…

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Double your health benefits with antioxidants and probiotics

If you live in the southern U.S., then one of your favorite summer dishes is probably fried green tomatoes. They’re delicious. They’re (somewhat) healthy. Heck, they inspired a whole movie.

But what about fried tomato sauce?

A new study shows that a bit of fried tomato sauce could be the secret to getting more benefits from your probiotics.

Researchers from the Technical University of Valencia in Spain found that several antioxidants in tomatoes (including lycopene) help probiotics survive the digestive process. They also found that the more antioxidants available to the digestive tract, the more efficiently it absorbs probiotics.

Researchers tested the effect of both raw and fried tomato sauce with a common probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri. But they found that fried tomato sauce did a better job of pumping up the probiotic power.

So, it seems, antioxidants and probiotics make for an unstoppable pair when it comes to maintaining good health. That means you may want to eat this dynamic duo together more often!

Probiotic-antioxidant pairings to add to your diet

Now that you know how good this nutrient combo is for you, how are you going to fit more antioxidant-probiotic food pairings into your diet?

Based on the results of this study, you could try some probiotic-packed sourdough bread topped with a bit of tasty fried tomato sauce. Or follow a delicious pasta meal (with fried tomato sauce) with yogurt for dessert. Of course, if tomatoes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other probiotic-antioxidant food pairings you can try, like:

  • Yogurt and berries
  • Miso soup with green chard, spinach or kale
  • Dark chocolate and yogurt
  • Sauerkraut on salad
  • Tempeh on salad
  • Tempeh in a veggie stir fry
  • Olives (They’re filled with probiotics and antioxidants!)
  • Kombucha (Another way to get your probiotics and antioxidants in a neat little package)
  • Pickles (One more antioxidants-probiotic superfood)
  • Cottage cheese and peaches
  • Apple cider vinegar and honey

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  1. Tomato sauce helps boost probiotic food benefits — MedicalXpress. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  2. García-Hernández, et al. “Tomato-antioxidants enhance viability of L. reuteri under gastrointestinal conditions while the probiotic negatively affects bioaccessibility of lycopene and phenols.” — Journal of Functional Foods, 2018.
Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine,, and