Benefits of Fermented Foods
There have been many food trends in the past, but nothing as exciting as
fermented foods! Yes, fermented foods are finally getting their well-deserved
spotlight as more and more people are becoming aware of the endless benefits
they can do for your health as well as their incredible tastes. First,
let’s define what fermented foods are. Fermented foods are foods
that have undergone a process of fermentation in which natural bacteria
break down the sugar and starch in the food to release beneficial enzymes
as well as probiotics or the good bacteria. The process also preserves
the food and creates an intense flavor and odor. If you like aged cheese,
yogurt or sauerkraut, you may just have the palate for fermented foods.
Many individuals are now adding fermented foods to their diet to promote
gut health, but several studies have been emerging showing that there
are more health benefits of fermented foods to overall health.
Below are some of the common health benefits of fermented foods:
- Improve digestion
- Boost immunity
- Promote weight loss
- Increase the availability of vitamins and minerals for our bodies to absorb
- Increase serotonin production in your gut improving your mood and behavior
How to Introduce Fermented Foods to Your Diet?
Initially, you may feel intimidated by the strong flavors of fermented
foods, but you may be surprised that some of your staple favorites are
in the list of fermented foods.
The most common fermented foods that you can include in your diet are:
Bread: If you love bread, opt for sourdough bread that is made from fermented dough.
Sauerkraut: A fermented cabbage dish that is high in fiber, as well as vitamins A, C, K.
Kimchi: A Korean dish that is similar to sauerkraut but has a spicier flavor.
Miso: A traditional Japanese paste made from fermented soybeans and grains
that consisting of millions of probiotics. This paste is mostly consumed
as soup or even as a spread for your toast.
Lassi: A popular pre-dinner drink that originated in India. It is a yogurt-based
drink that can be both savory and sweet.
Kombucha: A variety of fermented black or green tea fizzy drink that is rich in
probiotics and nutritional enzymes.
If you want to introduce fermented foods to your diet, you may want to
begin with the foods that you are already familiar with such as yogurt
and sourdough bread. In the next weeks, you may want to try adding one
or two new fermented foods as a side dish or topping to your proteins.
You may also want to start with at least one glass of fermented drink
per day and build from there.
The taste of fermented foods can really grow on you and you may even find
yourself craving them once you get used to having them in your diet. Just
don’t be afraid to try them! There is definitely nothing for you
to lose with their great taste and plenty of health benefits.
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treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
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