Featured Food: Fermented Foods

With all this talk about the gut and bacteria this week, it’s hard not to talk about fermented foods this week, and it’s something that’s been on my mind. Fermented foods have long been a component of the human diet. There are records of people fermenting drinks as far back as 5000 BC in Babylon. It’s great because they can turn any seemingly dangerous or inedible foods into foods that are not only edible, but somewhat nutritious. Fermented dairy can make lactose more digestible for those with intolerances, and it cuts the concentration of lactose and carbohydrates. Hell even chocolate has to be fermented. Cacao is fermented not only for better flavor, but it destroys astringent tannins. A list of benefits of fermented foods:

  • introduction of helpful probiotic to the gut: (protect colon cancer, relief lactose, decrease in kid cavities)
  • vitamins (like K2) can become more plentiful or bioavailable
  • beneficial bacteria help to restore gut flora balance

Basically they’re exceptional for your gut and your flora. As we’ve seen a healthier gut is a healthier you. This means more nutrients, vitamins and minerals can be absorbed. What are examples of fermented foods? Well clearly things like wine and other beverages are fermented, but as I don’t find alcohol to be conducive with weight loss, this would not be my pick. Vegetables options include kimchi and sauerkraut. Fermented dairy would include yogurt and kefir (again like lasts weeks post on dairy, grass-fed and raw rule). Fish sauces would also count as fermented. Altogether, fermented foods are not a bad option for your gut health, stick with the vegetable and raw dairy options and I think your bacteria will be thanking you. For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net

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