Fermented Foods

Sprouting/Fermentation- Since we’ve talked sprouting this week, I’m going to end the week with fermentation. It is not hard to ferment at home, but if you don’t have the time, there are store bought options 👏🏻👏🏻.
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If there ever was a group that would qualify as a superstars in the food world, it would be fermented foods. The list of benefits is impressive! They are:
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1️⃣anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, and anti-carcinogenic (1).
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2️⃣full of live bacteria that help the gut👏🏻👏🏻. Gut issues usually contribute to inflammation. Sauerkraut boasts TRILLIONS of live bacteria that help strengthen and populate gut flora, prevent disease, and actually destroy other pathogens. Having your gut health in a healthy, thriving state positively impacts everything from mood to brain function to your immune system (2).
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3️⃣full of probiotics that help with digestive issues.
According to PhD Lucy Shewell, “Many clinical studies have investigated the effect of probiotics on human health. The reported beneficial effects of probiotic consumption include improvement of constipation, diarrhea, and intestinal inflammatory conditions (such as Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and necrotizing enterocolitis), &the prevention of allergic disease in infants.” (2)
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4️⃣helpful with eczema. A study of nearly 10,000 Koreans found that eating fermented food (most notably, kim chi) was associated with a 44% lower prevalence of eczema in adults. That is incredible! Researchers give credit to the probiotics they found: L. paracasei, L. acidophilus, L. Salivaris, B. animalis, B. lactis & B. breve. (3)
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5️⃣heloful to those with type 2 diabetes or working in weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and boosting the immune system (1).
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Other fermented foods that are great sources of probiotics are Greek yogurt, kefir, kombucha, beet kvass and traditionally cultured pickles & olives. .
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1.https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/health-benefits-of-kimchi.html
2.https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2018.01785/full
3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26826428
4.https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-fermented-f