Before you dust off your kombucha brewing kit and embark on your quest to eliminate processed foods from your diet, consider the benefits of fermented foods. Fermented foods have been around for thousands of years and are (in theory) healthier than non-fermented foods. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and tempeh are all foods you can make at home.
Fermented foods are popular with many health experts, and while they may add some variety to your diet, most people ask why. Most people know that fermented foods contain live cultures, but there are also some lesser-known but great health benefits to eating fermented foods.
Here Are the Benefits of Fermented Foods:
- Enhances The Availability of Nutrients.
Foods that are fermented, such as yogurt, vinegar, and sauerkraut, have been part of human cuisines for centuries. Fermentation is a process in which food is inoculated with micro-organisms that alter its flavour, texture, and medicinal properties. Fermented foods provide health benefits, including more live bacteria, vitamins, and increased resistant starch. Fermentation increases the availability of nutrients, which can aid a healthy digestive system. Fermented foods have been touted as healthy food because they don’t raise blood sugar as much, and while that may be true, there are benefits beyond blood sugar control. Fermentation actually increases the availability of the vitamins and nutrients in food, especially B-vitamins and amino acids. Fermented vegetables are a great source of fiber, and fermented seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. And fermented vegetables help you absorb more of the nutrients in other foods.
- Improves Mood and Behaviour.
Fermentation changes the makeup of certain foods. For example, eating sauerkraut or kimchi improves your body’s ability to use B vitamins, which can improve your mood and energy levels.
- Source Of Beneficial Lactic Acid Bacteria.
Many people are excited about fermented foods, and for a good reason. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, are full of healthy bacteria that can improve your health in a number of ways. These bacteria are good for you, but there are also strains of bacteria that are bad for you. Fermented foods, however, contain probiotics—plant-based bacteria that can help your body fight off the bad bacteria, supporting your overall health. A healthy diet is a key to good health, and fermented foods play an important role in that. (Can you tell we’re health food junkies?) Disclaimer: we’re not nutritionists, but we do know a thing or two about fermented foods, thanks to our adventures in kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut! Fermented foods include everything from kombucha tea to sauerkraut. These foods are typically high in probiotics, which are great for your gut. They’re also rich in beneficial bacteria, which provide a myriad of health benefits, including strengthening your immune system.
- Easier To Digest.
As part of my quest to explore new foods, I bought a bottle of fermented pickles and veggies to try in my meals. Fermented foods are said to aid digestion, give your immune system a boost, and also improve your body’s natural defences against cancer. Fermentation has been shown to improve digestion. It breaks down the foods we eat into more easily digestible nutrients. Fermented foods are also rich in probiotics, which help you digest food and absorb nutrients.
- Support Heart Health.
Some studies have found that people who eat a lot of fermented foods, such as yogurt have healthier cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. In addition, the vitamin B12 in fermented foods can help support heart health and protect against heart disease.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Fermented foods can help lower blood pressure. Fermented foods, also commonly known as probiotics, are foods that contain live microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, or fungi. These live microorganisms provide health benefits, including some that can improve digestion, help lower cholesterol, and reduce inflammation.
Fermented foods have been around for centuries. They have long been used as a natural remedy for indigestion and other upset stomach issues. Bacteria found in fermented foods like miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut help break down the food we eat and help digest it, making it easier to absorb and metabolize. Fermentation also occurs naturally in our bodies, but eating fermented foods can help promote this process. Fermentation increases the amounts of beneficial bacteria a person has in their gut, which help digest carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Fermented foods have a ton of benefits for your health. They include probiotics, which support healthy digestion, reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and even improve lactose intolerance. Fermented foods also contain enzymes and acids that fight cancer, decimate harmful bacteria, and nourish the gut. But the best part about fermented foods is that they taste delicious! This means you can enjoy fermented foods without missing out on the nutrition they provide, too.