Let’s talk about Fermented Foods.
What is Fermented Food?
Fermented foods undergone controlled microbial growth and fermentation. Fermentation is an anaerobic process in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria break down food components (e.g. sugars such as glucose) into other products (e.g. organic acids, gases or alcohol). This gives fermented foods their unique and desirable taste, aroma, texture and appearance.
Vegetarian & Vegan friendly fermented foods
👉 Plain Yogurt.
👉 Dry Curd Cottage Cheese or Farmer’s Cheese, or fermented cottage cheese.
👉 Certain aged cheeses (check label for live and active cultures)
👉 Pickled vegetables – cucumbers, carrots, radishes, green beans, cauliflower,
👉 Water kefir.
👉 Sourdough bread.
👉 Fortified dairy alternatives
💪🏽 Improved Gut Health: Fermented foods contain probiotics, which are beneficial b bacteria that help improve the balance of good bacteria in the gut. This can help improve digestive health and boost immunity.
💪🏽 Better Absorption of Nutrients: Fermented foods are often easier to digest, which can help improve the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals from food.
💪🏽 Boosted Immune System: Probiotics can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of illness.
💪🏽 Reduced Inflammation: Some fermented foods contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and protect against chronic diseases.
💪🏽 Improved Mental Health: Probiotics have been linked to improved mood and cognitive function, making fermented foods a great option for those looking to maintain good mental health.
💪🏽 Increased Antioxidant Content: Fermented foods often contain higher levels of antioxidants, which help protect the body from harmful free radicals and oxidative stress.
💪🏽 Better Weight Management: Some fermented foods have been linked to improved weight management, including increased feelings of fullness and reduced calorie intake.
💪🏽 Reduced Risk of Certain Diseases: Fermented foods have been linked to a reduced risk of certain diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.