For thousands of years, nearly every culture worldwide has included fermented foods. Not only does fermenting increase shelf life and culinary pleasure but the nutritional benefits of the food increase as well!
Just some of the many health benefits of fermenting include:
- improves digestive health
- restores the balance of friendly bacteria in your gut alleviating digestive problems
- the probiotics in fermented foods can reduce uncomfortable symptoms of digestive disorders
- may lessen the severity of diarrhea, bloating, gas, and constipation
- boosts your immune system
- the high probiotic content in your fermented foods can give your immune system a boost and reduce your risk of infections like the common cold
- probiotic-rich foods may also help you recover faster when you are sick
- many fermented foods are rich in vitamin C, iron and zinc which have been proven to contribute to a stronger immune system
- makes food easier to digest
- fermentation helps break down nutrients in food, making them easier to digest than unfermented food
- fermentation helps break down and destroy antinutrients like phytates and lectins found in seeds, nuts, grains, and legumes that interfere with nutrient absorption (making fermented beans or legumes like tempeh more nutritious)
- studies have linked the probiotic strains Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum to a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression (both probiotics found in fermented foods)
- some studies have found links between the probiotic strains Lactobaciluus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus gasseri and weight loss and decreased belly fat
- lower risk of heart disease
- may modestly reduce blood pressure and help lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol
Be sure to make your own fermented foods with a fermenting jar kit to be sure there are no unwanted ingredients added and to ensure that your ingredients are the purest, freshest and most chemical-free as possible (remembering that the quality of your water and salt are also included as important ingredients).
Follow common sense safety guidelines like temperatures, times, equipment.
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