Fermented foods are a big part of my diet and they should be part of every anti-cancer diet. But what are fermented foods and why should you eat it? Well, fermented foods are essential to keep your gut healthy. And without a healthy gut it’s impossible to build a healthy immune system.
Our digestive system and our gut in particular is the lively home of zillions of good bacteria that help us with digestion and break up the food we eat in the nutritional parts that our body needs to function. Without those bacteria we wouldn’t be able to absorb those vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other good stuff that comes from our food.
Unfortunately, with all those processed and pasteurized foods we eat, the intake of good bacteria?s through food has downsized dramatically. Processed and pasteurized food is dead food and we need food that is alive and full of good microorganisms. And that’s where the fermented stuff comes in. Fermented foods have been through a process of lacto fermentation, which means that bacteria feed on the natural occurring sugars and starch in those foods, transforming them into enzymes, vitamins, good fatty acids and probiotics. The fermentation process also preserves nutrients and makes it easy digestible.
So which fermented foods should you put on the menu? This is my top 4.
1. Water kefir
It looks a bit like small cauliflower parts and is also used to make yoghurt out of milk. It contains bacteria and yeast cells that turn sugar into super healthy microorganisms. You can make great lemonade with it. Just put some kefir into a preserving jar, add liter of water, some fresh figs and a slice of orange and just let it sit for 48 hours in daylight. Then filter out the fruit and tadaa, you have a super healthy refreshing lemonade. And, this is the best part: you will never ever run out of kefir, since it multiplies itself and you can use it over and over again.
We all know that a hotdog without sauerkraut isn’t really a hotdog. But, luckily, sauerkraut without the hotdog is so much better! This fermented white cabbage is full of good, lively bacteria and enzymes. But, be aware, don’t get it from the supermarket, since lots of chemicals are used in the fermentation process. Make sure it’s fresh and organic.
3. Miso soup
The base of miso soup is a paste made of fermented soybeans and grains. Like I already mentioned in my article No Soy Please, fermented soy is a different story than regular soy. Miso contains lots of essential minerals like magnesium and potassium and microorganisms that are pure bliss for your gut and digestive system.
This traditional Korean dish is made with fermented cabbage and other vegetables and is about 2500 years old and it comes in 100?s of variations. It’s part of almost every Korean meal. According to the American magazine health.com it’s one of the 5 healthiest dishes in the world as it contains numerous of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics.
Coming up: some great recipes with fermented foods.
Lots of love,