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Fantastic Fermented Foods

fermented-foodTraditionally fermented foods are not only delicious, they are also beneficial to your gut health. Rich in lactic acid-producing bacteria, they are considered probiotic in nature. They keep the digestive tract conducive for healthy bacteria to flourish.

GOOD GUT HEALTH

We eat less fermented food than before as there are modern ways of keeping food on shelves longer. Probiotic supplements are good for our gut, but don’t contain the nutritional benefits of fermented food.

Yoghurt

Used for centuries to cure bowel problems and diarrhea. Regular yoghurt (not low fat) contains prostaglandin E2 that helps prevents ulcers. Look out for those that contain active culture, especially L. acidophilus that have the greatest benefits.

Cottage Cheese

This is a low salt option that is also filled with high levels of protein and calcium, in addition to its probiotic properties.

Kefir

This milk-based beverage contains colonies of yeast and bacteria is similar to a thin runny yoghurt. It contains high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate and of course, probiotics.

Dairy-free

If you have an intolerance to dairy products, there is a host of other fermented foods you can try. They include pickled vegetables of all kinds (cucumbers, radishes, kimchi, sauerkraut, cabbage). Soybean based products are good too and they include miso, natto, tempeh, soy sauce and fermented tofu.

Traditionally fermented foods are usually budget-friendly and easy to find and readily available at grocers, markets, supermarkets, specialty stores and health food shops. You may wish to ferment your own food, such as making your own yoghurt or pickling your own vegetables.