Fermented foods are foods that have been left to sit until the sugar and starches have become food for natural bacteria. This process not only makes for some delicious foods but also preserves it longer and keeps its nutritional content high.
What Foods are Fermented?
- Yogurt – We all know this one. Look for organic, pastured, plain, whole milk yogurt.
- Kefir – Like a yogurt drink.
- Kombucha – Another drinkable fermented food.
- Sauerkraut, other Fermented Vegetables.
- Kimchi - Spicy Korean Fermented Vegetables
- Tempeh and Natto, - Fermented soybean products.
- Miso – A paste from fermented soybeans, barley or rice which can be used to season soups.
- Raw milk cheeses.
What are the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods?
- Contain microflora that creates a protective lining in the intestines and shields it against pathogens, such as salmonella and E.coli.
- Result in more antibodies and boost the immune system.
- Help heal candida and reduce cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates.
- Contain Vitamin K2, which is difficult to get in other foods. Deficiencies can cause osteoporosis, inappropriate calcification like heel spurs and kidney stones, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, brain disease and cancer.
- Reduce inflammation, which underlies most modern chronic disease.
- Easier to digest than non-fermented alternatives
- Packed with micronutrients that have a variety of health advantages.
As always, let us know if you have questions or need help on how to incorporate these into your diet.