Are Fermented Foods a Fad or Really Good for You?

Fermented Foods

A lot of talk has been surrounding fermented foods. What are they? Why are they so popular? Are they really good for you or is it more of a fad? Probiotics, which are a combination of live beneficial/yeasts that naturally live in your body, are plentiful in fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi, and the good bacteria grow during the fermentation process.

Here are some of the best fermented foods to add into your diet for a healthy dose of probiotics.

Sauerkraut– Made from just cabbage and salt, this fermented food delivers an amazing dose of probiotics and fiber. You can make your own or buy sauerkraut at the store. The kind sold in the refrigerated section will have more probiotics than shelf-stable canned or jarred varieties.

Kimchi– This spicy Korean side dish made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables is known as having anticancer properties and other health benefits.

Kefir– A fermented milk drink drinkable yogurt-kefir is full of probiotics. Just like yogurt, probiotics in kefir help break down lactose, so it may be easier to digest for people with lactose intolerance. Kefir is delicious in smoothies or by itself.   

Kombucha– a tangy tea-usually black or green-that’s rich in good bacteria. The drink is often flavored with herbs or fruit. If you’re not into the sour taste, try out different brands and flavors to find the right one for you.

Miso– A fermented paste made mostly from soybeans. Miso adds a nice umami flavor to dishes. A little goes a long way (which is good because it’s also high in sodium). Miso is typically found in soups, but also makes salad dressings and marinades even more delicious and gut healthy.

Tempeh– Tempeh is made from naturally fermented soybeans. It’s similar to tofu in that it’s a plant-based protein made from soy, but unlike tofu, tempeh is fermented. It also has a firmer texture and a slightly nuttier flavor profile. Besides being a good source of probiotics, it is also a complete protein, making it a great option for vegetarians.

Yogurt– Yogurt is made by fermenting milk. Look for yogurt labeled with “Live & Active Cultures” seal.

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