Fermented foods have been gaining a lot of press lately, and for good reason. Top rated health magazines boast of fermented food health benefits ranging from weight loss to healthy blood pressure. These fermented super foods can help us reach our ideal health and body goals, but which ones are right for you?
What are Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. According to this publication fermented soybeans go through a process in which natural bacteria feeds on sugar and starch, creating lactic acid. This helps aid digestion in your body and leads to better support for your immune system and can help you lose weight. In fact, it’s not just fermented soybeans that do the trick! Foods like Kimchi, Pickles, kombucha, and Sauerkraut – all contain these properties. It’s also important to notice that fermented soy products are really only beneficial for women and only once per week because of the phytoestrogens.
Fermented soy products such as miso, soy sauce, tempeh, and natto are delicious and incredibly nutritious. According to Healthy Weight News, these good bacteria foods can transform your health. By changing the bacteria in your gut from unhealthy to healthy, your body can start to respond to hungry and full hormones better, balance blood sugar more efficiently, store fat properly, and metabolize faster. All these characteristics can help you lose weight in a healthy way, without counting every calorie.
What Can Fermented Foods Do for Me?
Fermented products don’t just improve digestion. This study found that eating Kimchi and sauerkraut, which are both versions of fermented cabbage, also offered improved blood sugar, blood pressure, and waist-hip ratios. Normal ketchup contains large quantities of sugar, whereas fermented ketchup cuts out excess amounts of glucose and preservatives. While it’s obvious how great fermented foods are for your gut, they also produce omega 3 fatty acids and B-vitamins. But what does this actually do for your body? This article states that omega 3 fatty acids can lower elevated triglyceride levels, help with rheumatoid arthritis and stiffness and joint pain. Omega 3 can also be beneficial for baby development and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Everyday Health states that B-vitamins are tied to lower stroke rates, preventing diseases, and have nutritional benefits for your blood and prenatal care.
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