Fermented Food Gut Health

Fermented Food Gut Health

The fementing process transforms sugars and starches enhances the natural, beneficial bacteria in food. These bacteria, known as probiotics or ‘good’ bacteria

Fermenting food started as a way of preserving food, this process encouraged the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or fungi which converts organic compounds like sugars and starch into alcohol or acids.

Fermented foods are rich in probiotics. Probiotic  fermented foods contain live microorganisms when consumed. 

Probiotic Plantbased Foods. Fermented plantbased foods are rich in probiotic bacteria adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your intestinal flora. Increasing your gut health microbiome and digestive system and enhances your immune system.

Fermented foods can contribute a diverse array of microorganisms existing in the gut.

Fermented Probiotic Plantbased Foods

Miso –  Fermented soybeans and grains.

Rich in essential minerals and a good source of B vitamins, vitamins E, K and folic acid.

Sauerkraut – Fermented cabbage.

High fibre,   vitamins A, C, K and various B vitamins. Good source of iron, manganese, copper, sodium, magnesium and calcium

Antioxidents – Lutein and Zeaxanthin both good for eye health.

Kimchi – Fermented cabbage and other vegetables spicier than sauerkraut.

Containing vitamins A, B1, B2 and C and minerals iron, calcium and selenium.

Kombucha – Fermented green / black tea

Tempeh – Fermented soy beans rich protein source

Other Probiotics - Animal Derived

Kefir – Milk cultured drink

Lassi – Soured milk

Yogurt – Milk Based

Not all Fermented Foods

Not all fermented foods contain live organisms.

Beer and wine are fermented but remove the organisms yeasts.

Sourdough bread is fermented dough but inactivated by baking process as the heat kills them.

Beaware that in off the shelf foods like sauerkraut and kimchi can be heat-treated and that process will render the organisms inactive. So always look for “naturally fermented”.

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