Frequently Asked Questions

WHY THIS BRAND?

Because every one is different and unique, we have made five different blends, to create a product suitable for our individual bodies needs. We even have a probiotic for the family pet.

WHAT STRAINS OF BACTERIA ARE IN THE BLENDS?

The following probiotic strains have been used in the fermentation process of Probiotic Foods, and are cultured from food—not dairy, fecal matter or laboratory bred: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Delbrueckii, Lactobacillus Caseii, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Caucasus, Lactobacillus Fermenti, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus Brevis, Lactobacillus Helveticus, Lactobacillus Leichmannii, Lactobacillus Lactis, Bifidabacterium Bifidum, Saccharomyces Boulardii, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.  NO DAIRY, GMO, COLOURS, FLAVOURS, PRESERVATIVES OR FILLERS.

WHAT MAKES PROBIOTIC FOODS BLEND MORE THAN JUST PROBIOTICS?

Probiotic Foods, as the name suggests, is wholefood nutrition in combination with probiotics.

HOW ARE THEY MADE?

By feeding organic food to a mother culture of good bacteria (probiotics) the food is then broken down, releasing the vitamins, minerals and amino acids for easier absorption, essential for good health and aid in body repair at the cellular level.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THIS MAKE?

Because ‘we are not what we eat, we are what we absorb’ it means we gain greater benefit from the Probiotic Foods.

WHAT IS A SUPERCULTURE?

Our probiotics have been stressed to withstand heat (can survive up to 55ºC), stressed to withstand cold (can survive down to freezing) and stressed to a number of chemicals. This means these probiotics can withstand what others cannot. For example, even after opening they can be kept in a cool dark place. Making them perfect for travelling and easy storage.

PROBIOTIC FOODS OFFER AS THE NAME SUGGESTS.

Probiotics are in their own food source, which means the good bacteria are alive and well in their own food source. They lay dormant and are activated when taken, then multiply in the millions to assist in colonising the gut with essential probiotics.

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

As the label states at least two years, but batches as old as six years have shown to have almost the exact amount of probiotics as they did originally.

WHY DO I NEED THEM?

Every day our gut bacteria is compromised by pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, fluoride, pollution, stress and antibiotics. We need to catch up every day if we come in contact with any of the above.

CAN I INCLUDE PROBIOTIC FOODS IN MY COOKING?

You certainly can, because the probiotics in our Probiotic Foods have been heat stressed and will survive up to 55ºC degrees. They will survive in a loaf of baked bread. But if you are heating to more than 55ºC it will not be so successful. Best to sprinkle your Probiotic Foods over cooked food.

DO I NEED TO KEEP THE BLENDS AND CAPSULES REFRIGERATED?

Good question because most probiotics need to be refrigerated. Probiotic Foods blends do not need refrigeration; they only need to be stored in a cool, dark place. The probiotics have been stressed to hot and cold so they will survive where others will not. One reason for this is that the probiotics (good bacteria) are lying dormant in the powder. They stay this way until the PH changes when you ingest the powder, once activated they multiply by the millions.

CAN I MIX PROBIOTIC FOODS WITH ANYTHING OR ARE THERE SOME THINGS THAT DIMINISH THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF PROBIOTIC FOODS?

Most things are fine but if you are blending with your morning juices best not mix in orange or lemon juice.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO NOTICE THE PROBIOTICS WORKING?

This is a good question because there is more to Probiotic Foods than the probiotics. Because the probiotics are food based there is a greater chance of these probiotics having additional benefits. They come with their own prebiotics and the nutritional value from the whole food ingredients have been broken down to be easily absorbed. You may notice in just a few days the benefits from receiving nutrition at this higher level. The benefits are not only from the probiotics, the benefits come from the combination of pre released nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are often not released in a compromised gut. One container is a great start but if you continue and do a four month program, trials have shown that additional benefits are also noticed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE TOO MUCH?

This is an interesting question because if your body is toxic or if you are not in very good health you will notice a reaction to the foods immediately. This is why we like first time users to start with 1/8th of a teaspoon until they adjust to having nutrition at the level available in Probiotic Foods. For example, if you have not had a good diet for a long time, or if you have a compromised digestive system, you may not have been getting the goodness from food for years. To have an over-consumption of nutrition after such a long time will have mild effects—such as loose stools—so best to always start small and work towards the nutritional value of Probiotic Foods as well as the benefits the good bacteria (probiotics) have on all living things.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I CAN DO TO MAKE THE ABSORPTION OF THE BENDS MOST BENEFICIAL?

Have some first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The morning one activates and the evening one assists you in going to bed with good nutrition and probiotics, to assist your body repairing whilst you sleep. There is also the best-selling book by Don Chisholm, Have You Got The Guts To Be Really Healthy? That will give you a very good overview on just how simple it is to be really healthy.

DO THE BLENDS HAVE A USE BY DATE AND HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?

We love being asked this question, because unlike most probiotic supplements, our Probiotic Foods have an extremely long life span. We put two years on the label, but in truth they stay alive and vital for many years. We once tested some old stock and found the bacteria count (probiotics) had virtually the same amount of good bacteria that they had when the product was made seven years prior. That means the product was good for over seven years and what is more interesting is that the product had been sitting on a shelf in an office for all that time. So to answer your question, even product over its use by date is safe to use.

WHAT TO THE BLENDS TASTE LIKE?

Everyone has different taste and each blend has its own flavour, but to most the taste is similar to a strong Weetbix. But even if the taste is too much at first, because you only use such small quantities is it easily hidden in a smoothie or food.

ARE ALL THE BLENDS COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE?

All blends have gluten free ingredients and each batch is tested for gluten. Probiotic Foods reaches international standards for Gluten Free.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ONE IS THE BEST FOR ME?

There are no errors when making a selection. We have made different blends for specific requirements, but that does not mean you cannot use the rest of the range. Start with the one that attracts you the most and have in mind to try another blend at some stage, for each blend offers different ingredients which in turn offers different nutritional values.

DO I HAVE TO MIX THE BLENDS INTO A DRINK OR CAN I SPRINKLE THEM ON TOP OF MEALS OR MIX WITH RECIPES?

It makes no difference in what manner you get your nutrition and probiotics from any Probiotic Foods blend. In or on food, mixed in drinks or straight off a spoon, because every day we need nutrition, good bacteria (probiotics) and especially the benefits from pre-digested food.