Eating fermented foods can supercharge your diet
Fermentation is an ancient method of food preservation, and it is still used today to create delicious and healthy meals. In fact, you may have eaten fermented foods without even realizing it!
The fermentation process creates billions of live probiotic bacteria – the good kind! These helpful organisms create a delicious, tangy taste and have lots of health benefits. Read on to discover our top 5 choices for fermented superfoods, and why you should start eating them.
Why is gut health important?
You may be wondering, “what is so great about probiotic bacteria, anyway?” The answer is simple: The human digestive system is home to a host of billions of live bacteria that help us digest our food. This colony of beneficial organisms is called the microbiome.
The microbiome has a tremendous impact on our overall health. Research shows that the microbiome affects our mental health, our immune system, our skin, our digestion, and more.
Our microbiome’s relationship with our overall health is called “gut health,” and it is a growing area of study in medicine. Nutritionists and foodies alike are taking notice of this trend and many people are choosing to incorporate fermented foods into their diet.
How do fermented foods help your microbiome?
So, what do fermented foods have to do with gut health anyway?
Fermented foods are loaded with probiotic bacteria, and when you eat probiotic-rich foods, these bacteria enter your microbiome and start working their magic.
You can support your microbiome by eating a diet that includes fermented food and helps keep your microbiome happy.
The average American diet is very processed, and most people don’t eat fermented food on a daily basis. So, we’ve compiled a list of easy, palatable fermented foods to try.
Sometimes, it’s nice to have a bubbly and refreshing drink. Instead of reaching for your afternoon soda, why not try kombucha?
You may have heard about this probiotic drink that’s taking the country by storm. Kombucha is made from fermented tea, and it is often flavored with fruit and spices.
The fermentation process creates a drink that is low in sugar, tangy, and naturally carbonated. It’s fizzy, effervescent, delightfully sweet and sour.
It may take some getting used to, as the tanginess can taste somewhat vinegary the first time you try it. If you’re willing to give it a chance, you might find that it’s a great alternative to typical sugary soda.
Sauerkraut is made from fermented greens, most often cabbage. It is a staple of traditional German cuisine. The taste of sauerkraut is unlike any other – soft and tangy with a very slight bite. It’s a great addition to meat dishes as a condiment.
3. Lacto-fermented pickles
Most pickles in the store today are not fermented so you may be accustomed to the pickled version. Even so, we encourage you to give lacto-fermented pickles a try.
They taste very similar to traditional pickles, but there is a little more flavor and depth to them. Often, lacto-fermented pickles will be seasoned with dill and garlic, and it’s a dreamy combo.
Because fermented pickles aren’t as shelf-stable as traditional pickles, you usually won’t find them in the condiment isle. Instead, look for them in the refrigerated section.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste used in Japanese cooking. Now, that may not sound very appetizing at first glance, but that’s because Miso isn’t meant to be eaten all by itself.
Miso offers a salty, umami depth to anything it’s added to. It blends well with lots of different flavors, and you can use it to level up any dishes that need a little pizazz.
Add a spoonful to soups, stir fry’s, vegetable glazes, salad dressing, or anything else that needs a boost. It’s an easy, quick way to add some fermentation to your diet without a lot of effort.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is loaded with probiotics. It’s powerful stuff, so don’t drink it straight like kombucha. We love it as a brine for cucumber salad or drizzled over salad with balsamic vinegar.
Eating fermented foods can boost your nutrition
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