FYI: Fermented food for great gut health!

Health & Wellbeing June 18 2015

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To our grandparents, fermenting foods would be a familiar topic, however nowadays it seems like a foreign concept.  However, with an increasing occurrence of allergies and food intolerances, it’s no wonder experts and nutritionists are revisiting our roots of including fermented food in our diets. We’re sharing a break down of the benefits and how-to’s of fermented foods and learn why everyone’s jumping on the fermentation bandwagon.

Firstly, what is fermentation?

Put simply, fermentation is the process of a natural bacteria eating away and dissolving all of the carbohydrates and sugar of everyday foods. This bacteria adds an interesting burst of flavour to foods (which may take a while to get used to), but is undeniably good for the gut. Think sauerkraut, plain, cultured yoghurt and kombucha.

Secondly, why are they good for us?

All of the good bacteria that is found in fermented foods helps to balance out the acid in your stomach, improves digestion and makes you feel better from the inside, out!

Thirdly, where can I get it?

Fermented foods can be bought from most organic and wholefood supermarkets and health food stores. Or, for all our DIYers, you can also make it yourself, with the added benefit of it working out to be much cheaper!

These are our three favourite ways to fit in fermented foods into your everyday diet:

1. Toss some fermented veggies like beets and sauerkraut through your usual lunchtime salad, or add as a side to your protein and vegetable dinner

2. Swap your glass of wine at dinner for a glass of kombucha, a (surprisingly) delicious fermented tea drink

3. Instead of having a meat-based dinner, try tofu as a healthy, fermented alternative that still packs a protein punch

So bring on the bacteria, your tummy will thank you later!