Must eat foods
Look at the beautiful colors in this fresh batch of kimchi I just fermented. For me it was love at first bite. Kimchi’s combination of flavors, slightly sour and spicy and the crunchy texture excite my senses. I don’t ever really get tired of eating it because it never really tastes the same. So, in case you’re wondering about kimchi, it is a traditional dish of fermented vegetables, a staple in Korean cuisine. In my recipe I used purple cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots, peppers and a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
Although the number of people consuming fermented foods and beverages has increased significantly, it certainly isn’t new or a fad. In fact, the earliest records of fermentation dates back as far as 6000 B.C. Since then, many global cultures have developed a wide spectrum of flavors, as well as traditions, around fermentation practices.
Studies show the healthiest populations around the world had one thing in common they all included some form of cultured or fermented food on a regular basis.
So, what is fermentation? Culinary speaking, it is a process that transforms food through the action of enzymes that alter nutrients to make them easier to digest and rich in probiotics.
Turning any food into its enzyme and probiotic rich version using fermentation techniques has a huge spectrum of benefits to your health. They naturally form healthy bacteria that help maintain digestive health. In addition to digestive health, fermented foods and beverages help with overall inflammation, brain fog and memory, immune system support, detoxification, alkalinity, acne and other inflammations of the skin like eczema and psoriasis. Regular consumption can improve mood and sleep quality and improve the ability to fight infection, reduce heartburn, aid in nutrient absorption and keep weight under control.
Taking probiotics in the form of supplements are good for digestive health. However, researchers have found that probiotics consumed in the form of fermented foods and beverages, the way that nature intended fare better in the stomach.
I enjoy making my own fermented foods and beverage and include them in my diet every day. Don’t worry you don’t need to make your own to enjoy the taste and health benefits. They are readily available in most grocery stores and farmers markets. If you need more information on what and where to buy them or want some recipes to try yourself just shoot me an email or leave a comment here.