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Top 5 Fermented Foods You Should be Eating Now
You might be reading this just to find out:
- What exactly is a fermented food?
- Why should I eat them?
Don’t feel left out, many people ask these questions. You probably do know what a fermented food is, just by a different name. Many people call it pickled or pickling. When you see the list of foods you will most likely recognize many of them as they have been eaten around the world for centuries.
So now you want to know why you should eat them, what’s in it for you? Besides tasting great, you mean? Well, fermented food and drinks add good bacteria to your digestive track and balance the good and bad bacteria that live in everyone’s gut. You will be able to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat in more efficient manner as well. Fermented foods are generally inexpensive and keep for months, naturally, without any added artificial anything. Find also 7 main superfoods.
Now that you know all the good things fermented foods can do for you, here is a list of the top 5 fermented foods you should be eating for your health.
Perhaps the best known in the world of fermented foods. Pickles are just packed full of enzymes and good bacterial cultures. Be sure you get lacto-fermented pickles, not the type made with vinegar.
Lacto-fermented pickles are usually found in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Although you probably can’t tell the difference in taste, there is a huge difference in the benefits to your health.
Don’t be shy, either, drink the juice right from the bottle when the pickles are gone!
Kimchi is from Korea, it’s a fermented dish made from cabbage, radish, and/or cucumber.
Most Koreans eat almost 40 pounds of kimchi every year! It’s a full flavored taste that’s loaded with vitamin C.
You can eat it alone as a side dish or add it to dozens of different main dishes. Check the internet for recipes.
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3. Coconut Yogurt
You will find this much easier to digest than regular yogurt since its non-dairy.
Coconut yogurt is antiviral, antibacterial, loaded with calcium, potassium, magnesium, and it has anti-fungal properties as well.
What more could you ask for?
You’ve probably eaten sauerkraut before and just never knew how good it was for you! Sauerkraut is very finely cut cabbage that after it’s been fermented is full of vitamins and contains so many probiotics that it’s hard to list them all!
Be sure to choose unpasteurized brands of sauerkraut from your supermarket.
Pasteurization kills all that good bacteria. Like pickles, you should be able to find these in the refrigerated section.
Miso is fermented soybeans. This is a great source to get your manganese, zinc, as well as antioxidants.
This is very often made into soup but you can use it in many other dishes for an extra dash of flavor.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this one!