The Benefits of Eating Traditionally Fermented Foods

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by admin  |  5 Comments »

Traditionally fermented foods like grass-fed cheese, kefir, miso, natto, olives, pickles, sauerkraut, tempeh, and yogurt are some of the oldest and healthiest foods on the planet. The term “fermented” may sound unpalatable but this ancient preparation and preservation method — which involves breaking down carbohydrates and proteins using microorganisms such as bacteria, molds, and yeast — produces delicious food.

More importantly, these “functional foods,” contain probiotics that can be beneficial to your overall health.* Beneficial bacteria in fermented foods help boost your overall nutrition, support digestion, and increase B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase, and lactic acid.*

Why Choose Traditionally Fermented Foods

According to holistic health expert Nancy Lee Bentley, co-author of Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program, the art of fermentation is an inconsistent process, which is why commercial food manufacturers developed methods to help standardize more consistent yields.

Anything “brined” in salt is technically fermented, but that’s where the similarities end because each type of fermented food has specific, unique requirements and production methods, Bentley explains.

Nowadays, many people settle for mass-produced pickles and other cultured foods, unaware that they don’t offer substantial health benefits. For instance, canned California-style black olives are not generally fermented and are just treated with lye to remove the bitterness, packed in salt, and canned. Many olive producers now use an acidic solution of lactic acid, acetic acid, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate and have abandoned the old salt-and-time fermenting method. Some pickles are now just packed in salt, vinegar, and pasteurized. Many yogurts are only a little better than puddings because they either contain too much sugar or use artificial sweeteners.

How to Make Your Own Fermented Foods

Modern techniques like refrigeration, high-heat pasteurization, and vinegar’s acidic pH either slow down or completely stop fermentation and enzymatic processes, effectively destroying the probiotics. Fortunately, there are still many traditionally fermented foods available. You can also make your own fermentation cultures to ensure that you’re getting the benefits of probiotics.

Kefir, which means “feel good” in Turkish, is an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food that is easy, economical, and even fun to make at home. Kefir and yogurt are both cultured milk products but they contain different types of probiotics. Yogurt contains transient beneficial bacteria that help nourish the friendly bacteria that are already present in your gut, while kefir helps colonize your intestinal tract, Dr. Mercola explains.

Check out Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program to learn more about raw, sprouted, and fermented foods.

Tags: , , ,


Responses to “The Benefits of Eating Traditionally Fermented Foods”

  1. Shoe Storage Cabinet says on :

    Right here is the perfect blog for everyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You understand so much its almost tough to argue
    with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You
    certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been discussed for a long time. Excellent stuff, just great!

  2. joan lamb says on :

    I have been looking for a recipe for kefir, or a kefir starter. Could you send me a recipe to my e-mail address? I certainly would appreciate it. Joan

  3. try ageless male says on :

    It really is in point of fact an excellent along with handy piece of data. I’m contented you shared this convenient facts here. Be sure to stop us informed this way. Appreciate your giving.

  4. jet hobby says on :

    Despite the fact that every classes states that it’s the most effective,
    the people who will definitely capable of confirm which can be earlier students.
    In case you mispronounce what you will be trying to say even at all
    tad it might show a fully distinctive which means. This emphasizes
    the significance of powerful British to Arabic DTP.

  5. goods from Greece Are healthy says on :

    I’ve been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never
    found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for
    me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

Leave a Reply