If you look at the TV or read the news there are constantly articles or commercials about the need for Probiotics. Yet many individuals have no idea what they are and assume that they are somehow in yogurt, a drink or in a pill. They are not just in yogurt, but are actually in a variety of foods. If you thought about it, those thoughts would be your first reaction, but there are many other foods that can contribute to your good health. As we are told, our biological ecosystem should contain more good bacteria than bad. For example, one of the better dessert options is dark chocolate. Its benefits far outweigh their risks. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and fiber. In addition, is is an excellent source of probiotics. It is important, however, to remember that most chocolate contains added sugar, if even if its a tiny portion. The cacao is offered in many products which adds to nutritional value. A great idea to offset eating too much chocolate is to dip fruit in it if you are craving something sweet. A number of companies offer ninety percent cacao bars which have minimal sugar. If you are wondering about vegetables, the old stand by, peas, are a starchy legume with a variety of health benefits. None only it is low calorie but it packed with B vitamins and fiber. They are a nice addition to any salad. Heating them does destroy their strain of probiotics as they cannot survive at high temperatures. They are best raw and really quite tasty. For all you cheese lovers, many forms of soft cheeses contain the good benefits of probiotics. Cheddar appears to be the best. According to the ‘Journal of Applied Microbiology, they discovered that good bacteria can actually survive the manufacturing and aging process. This is also applicable to many other types of cheeses such as mozzarella, Gouda and cottage. So the next time you are thinking about a cheese for your burger, potato, taco, soup or salad, consider one of the above. For an ideal afternoon snack, pickles are a great source of probiotics. Not only is it a low calorie snack, but it has its own natural lactic acid bacteria. Anyone who enjoys bread, should consider sourdough as its fermentation protects your gut against the harmful antagonists. The infamous Mediterranean diet includes olives which adds the good bacterial and can be easily combines with salads, hummus, or even your favorite pasta recipes. Probiotics can help ease the symptoms of inflammatory diseases. It is also important to eat these foods while on antibiotics as they destroy all your good bacteria. In the Good Gus Series probiotics were just being discovered in 1899 by Henry Tissler, a research scientist at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, France. The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you are recovering from a sickness requiring antibiotics, please consider any of the probiotics listed to help speed up your recovery. While you are recuperating, I hope you will check out “Misplaced Trust” which is availability on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.