Diet Talk: Could Yogurt, Kimchi & Other Probiotic Foods Lead To Weight Gain?

April 16, 2018

Recently, probiotics (and good bacteria in general) has been heavily discussed as the future for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Experts like Dr. Axe, Mayo Clinic, and even Harvard Health Publishing have been endorsing them for their remarkable health benefits.

This health trend is on the rise as scientists are finding more and more connections on just how big an impact certain probiotic strains have on our health.

Some of the benefits of probiotics include:

  • Improving digestive system and gut health
  • Improving mental health conditions
  • Reducing heart complications
  • Reducing allergies
  • Fighting inflammation
  • Boosing the body’s immune system
  • Contributing to weight loss and diminishes unwanted belly fat

This is the reason why millions of adults are now taking probiotics on a regular basis or adding probiotic foods to their everyday diet.

However, while most of these probiotic strains have great health benefits…

1. Did You Know There Are Specific Strains of Probiotics That Can Contribute to Weight Gain?

How do supposedly "healthy" foods like yogurt hinder weight loss you ask?

Well, some specific probiotic strains produce an increase in Histamine, which can lead to increased inflammation (a big contributor to higher fat buildup).

This is often accompanied by other symptoms like skin irritation, hives, allergies, heartburn, and acid reflux.

2. Excessive Histamine Production May Be The Cause Of Weight Gain In Common Household Foods

And it's not just yogurt and kimchi...

Certain common foods that contribute to high histamine production also include alcohol, bread and certain types of fruits (strawberries, pineapples, kiwis).

3. Why Does Our Immune System Respond This Way?

Our immune system releases histamine to combat foreign pathogens.

And while histamine is a necessary part of the immune response, too much histamine produced can lead to rapid, continuous weight gain if gone unchecked.

Weight gain, even while eating in moderation and leading an active lifestyle, could be due to high inflammation and histamine levels caused by certain fermented foods.

4. Consider Stopping Consumption Of These 3 Specific Probiotic Strains to Improve Weight

3 strains of bacteria that you might want to avoid:

  1. Lactobacillus Casei
  2. Lactobacillus Reuters
  3. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus


You may refer to your probiotic supplements facts table to see if it contains any of these strains. 

These bacteria are predominantly found in ripening cheddar cheese, some types of yogurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods.

Cheddar Cheese Fattening Probiotics

If you have histamine intolerance, you might also want to avoid these bacteria or risk getting hives and other allergic reactions, along with having an impact on weight.

So then... 

5. Which Types of Probiotics Should We Take Instead, That Can Help With Weight?

While there are certain probiotic strains that cause weight gain, on the flip side, there are also specific strains called "Thermogenic" probiotics that can have a positive impact on weight.

 

6. What Are “Thermogenic” Probiotic Strains?

 

 

Thermogenic Probiotics are specific strains of good bacteria that have been studied to boost body metabolism, manage calorie absorption and break down fat cells.

In other words, these gut bacteria mirror the positive effects thermogenic supplements like green tea extract, caffeine and capsicum without negative side effects like:

- Headaches

- Elevated heart rates

- Increase in blood pressure

- Nausea

- Constipation 

7. The Rise Of Thermogenic Probiotics In The Weight Loss Space.

In 2015, Japanese scientists researching the effects of a probiotic strain (L. Gasseri SBT 2055) made an interesting discovery.

They ran a multiple center study where 210 people ingested the L. Gasseri strain with fermented milk for a period of 12 weeks.

The subjects were instructed not to make big changes to their diet and exercise routines to keep the result data consistent.

Their findings:

On average, the 210 people experienced positive results with an 8.5% impact on stubborn fat (specifically around the belly and hip area).

Others reported reduced inches, keeping the weight off during the full duration of the research.

Strains like B. Breve and B. Lactis have also been through multiple tests/trials to understand their impact on increasing metabolism, supporting cholesterol levels and acting as anti-inflammatories.

In addition, many people who have taken thermogenic probiotics regularly also report more energy, better sleep, reduced cravings for junk foods and fall sick less often.


8. Public Acclaim For L. Gasseri, A Heavily Researched Thermogenic Probiotic Strain.


As with most new diet-help supplements, doctors and experts never fail to chime in to share their opinions.

On 24th Feb 2014, Dr. Julie Chen, a gut health specialist mentioned on the Dr. Oz show...

“L. Gasseri inhibits a gene for fat production, so it speeds up metabolism.”

While it’s a bold claim, clinical studies and good reviews from consumers have been supporting its reputation.

From medical doctors to naturopaths, most opinions on what's working in the weight loss industry is shifting to more natural solutions that reduce the risks of side effects.


9. Budding Thoughts On Thermogenic Probiotics:

From the looks of it…

Thermogenic probiotic strains are going to become a big part of supporting weight management within the next 1-3 years.

Due to its multi-benefit nature, we foresee thermogenic probiotics not only overtaking weight loss products, but also teas, green juices as well as other anti-inflammatory supplements.

Thus, making it a staple in most households.

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