Benefits of Fermented Foods:
- Improves Digestion
- Increases Immunity
- Restores Good Bacteria in the Gut
- Increases Vitamin Content in Food
Fermented foods, are they good for us? This is a great debate. I’ve just listed a few of the benefits of Fermented Foods, and there are more! Sitting around a table discussing ferments someone said it was just a fad! That is kind of surprising as I grew up eating kraut, so that is a bit long for a fad. A friend of ours was told by her Doctor to eat “stinky foods” to help her bowel health. The stinky foods that the Doctor was referring to were fermented. So I guess the Doctors are onto the fad too! All I know is that they work for us, fad or no fad.
What Are Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactic fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.
Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimichi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health. Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.
The journey to Fermented foods started for us when our Doctor didn’t know what to do anymore. So I went to “Dr. Google” and started researching foods, bowel health, stomach health. It is truly amazing we really are what we eat. The research took me all over the internet and of course all over the world and we did find what worked for us.
I am going to post a couple of recipes that we use regularly in our home of stinky foods that work for us. The one we enjoy the most is Kimchi. We eat Kimchi daily, it is homemade and very inexpensive to make. Ok, grant you it does take a bit of time, but it is some good! We eat Kimchi for breakfast on eggs/for lunch on rice/as a side dish for just about anything, but chicken is the best in my opinion. Since we just made a batch, I will post the recipe and then do photos when we make the next batch in about 2 weeks. There are lots of ferments that you can do, carrots/asparagus/green beans etc. I will also post a link to a book that is very helpful.
As I write this I realize I have so much to tell and I am really starting at where we are now and not where we actually started.
DR BEN FUCHS
These were 2 very instrumental influences in our Healthy Journey and I know they don’t even realize the influence they had on our lives. I believe they both deserve a link and a post all of their own. Until next time enjoy the read and make comments below.
Cautionary note: When first introducing ferments into the diet it is normal to experience some initial gas and bloating, excessive amounts, however, can cause stomach upset and loose stools in some cases. It is important to consider avoiding food ferments if you have severe allergies to molds.