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7 Foods That Keep Probiotics From Doing Their Jobs

By    |   Friday, 13 May 2016 05:23 PM EDT

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that your digestive system needs to function properly. Many people take probiotic supplements or foods when they have digestive problems, or to prevent problems from occurring. Some foods can interfere with probiotics.

Here are seven foods to avoid while taking probiotics, if you want them to work well.

1. Processed foods
— Beneficial bacteria become starved and die when we eat highly processed foods because they are too easy to break down, according to University of Pittsburgh gastroenterologist Stephen O’Keefe as cited in The Daily Mail.

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2. Spicy foods — Spicy and acidic foods create an inhospitable environment for our gut bacteria, noted Everyday Health.

3. Fried foods — Fried foods feed the wrong bacteria—the ones linked to obesity rather than the beneficial kind, CNN reported.

4. Artificial sweeteners — Artificial sweeteners like sorbitol may not directly interfere with probiotics, but they ferment when consumed by gut bacteria and cause gas and discomfort for many, according to Fix Your Gut.

5. Sugar — Sugar feeds harmful bacteria instead of good and causes digestive difficulties, bloating, and weight gain.

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6. GMOs — Some people think genetically modified (GMO) foods that are altered to deter pests are poison for beneficial gut bacteria, according to Natural Society.

7. Foods with pesticides — Some people think pesticides may contribute to some gluten intolerance and food allergies, which may stem from gut imbalances, according to Living Green Magazine.

Probiotics are best taken just before or while eating. Taking probiotics after eating has little effect because of the increase in stomach acid, which kills off nearly all of them before they can get to the intestines, according to NutritionFacts.org.

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Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that your digestive system needs to function properly. Many people take probiotic supplements or foods when they have digestive problems, or to prevent problems from occurring. Some foods can interfere with probiotics.
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