The benefits of fermented foods have been well known in many cultures, but only recently have fermented foods become mainstream. Here are 6 fermented foods you can add to your diet to ensure a healthy gut.
Why are fermented foods good for the gut?
Fermentation occurs when food is chemically broken down by bacteria. Fermentation creates enzymes, vitamins, and probiotics. These help break down the food, which makes it easier to digest as well as allows for optimum absorption of nutrients.
Here are 6 fermented foods for a healthy gut.
It tastes a bit like drinking yoghurt, but kefir is actually a fermented milk drink and is full of probiotics and calcium.
Made from cabbage and salt, sauerkraut is a good source of fibre and healthy probiotics. For recipe ideas on how to add more cabbage to your diet, visit our cabbage recipe collection.
Sauerkraut’s Korean cousin, kimchi is also a fermented cabbage but has more of a spicy kick. Make your own spicy kimchi, with this Korean Short Rib recipe.
Like tofu, tempeh is made from naturally fermented soya beans, but has a naturally nutty flavour. Not only is it a good source of probiotics, tempeh contains the highest amount of lysine for a vegan/vegetarian product, thus boasting all the essential amino acids.
Made from fermented rice, soya beans or barley, miso is a very bold paste and adds an umami flavour to dishes. It is high in sodium and a great source of probiotics.
If labelled with ‘Live and Active Cultures’, yoghurt guarantees 100 million probiotic cultures per gram.
Try this blackberry frozen yoghurt to get the best of both worlds.