How Many Calories Are In Your Favorite Probiotics?

weight lossHave you heard the news yet?

Probiotics may aid in weight loss!

A research study was done in the British Journal of Nutrition that showed women who took probiotic supplements on a daily basis lost twice as much weight as the women who didn’t.

This is phenomenal news for these little, healthy bacteria.

Probiotics continue to impress us since we already know that they can boost immunity, aid in digestive support, and potentially so much more.

Weight loss is a huge perk when it comes to the benefits of taking probiotics.

However, we still know that no matter what, calories do come into play when you’re trying to shed pounds.

Probiotics can naturally be found in many foods as well as probiotic supplements (which are also a fantastic way to get your daily dose).

Let’s take a look and see which probiotics we should eat or avoid while trying to lose weight.

Calorie Counts of Your Favorite Probiotic Foods:


If you’re like the majority of people out there, when you think of probiotic foods, you think of yogurt.

Yogurt is a great source of probiotics and is one of the most popular too.

It’s important to avoid high sugar or sodium yogurts, which adds calories.

Plain yogurt is the best, coming in at 80 calories for 6 ounces.

It’s even better if you make a batch of yogurt yourself!

If you like things a bit sweeter, here are a few other options for yogurt that contain probiotics.

Chobani Simply 100® Strawberry Banana only has 100 calories per container, 7 grams of sugar, 0g of fat, and 65mg of sodium.

It contains the following probiotics: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei. 


Olives, beetroots, and gherkins that have been pickled all naturally contain healthy probiotics.

These can all be utilized on sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastas.

10 – 12 pickled olives come in at 43 calories.

1 cup of pickled beetroots has 106 calories.

1 small sweet gherkin pickle has 14 calories, a medium sized gherkin has 23 calories, and a large gherkin has 32 calories. 


Cheese is often a big no-no when you’re trying to lose weight.

However, if you eat certain kinds in small amounts, it’s totally acceptable.

1 slice of cheddar cheese comes in at 112 calories.

1 slice of mozzarella cheese equals 85 calories.

1 slice of Gouda cheese has 97 calories.


Kimchi is a Korean side dish made of fermented, seasoned vegetables such as cabbage, chili, vinegar, and salt.

This is a great option that’s extremely low in calories.

½ a bowl of kimchi equals 15 calories.


Traditional buttermilk is what’s left after churning butter out of cream.

Cultured buttermilk is no good when it comes to probiotics, since the healthy probiotics have been processed out.

1 cup of buttermilk equals 110 calories.

Avoid salted buttermilks to lower calorie contents.

A Final Note…

You can still enjoy all the health benefits of probiotic foods while still on a weight loss program.

Keep in mind the calorie amounts of each probiotic food and be mindful about portion sizes.

Probiotic supplements are also great, extremely low calorie or calorie free ways to get your daily dose in.

Check out our list of the top 10 best probiotics and find the perfect one to fit into your daily regime, whether it’s for weight loss or optimal health.


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About the Author: Kate Watson is the Lead Researcher and Founder of Kate started this site after successfully using probiotics to treat some digestive issues she'd had since childhood. In her free time Kate loves nothing more than a good book (and a good glass of wine).