The popularity of fermented foods has exploded in recent years, due to their innumerable benefits on health. Today, we explore those rich benefits and how they positively impact your wellbeing.
The Fermentation Process
As we discussed in our article on why to ferment tea, fermentation is essentially a metabolic process that allows positive bacteria to flourish.
It happens when sugar is consumed in the absence of oxygen, and is typically achieved by adding a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) to various raw ingredients (in Kombucha’s case, tea).
Popular Fermented Foods
There are many fermented foods that sit alongside Kombucha rich in benefits for humans. These include:
Kimchi: A spicy fermented cabbage typically used in Asian/Korean cuisine, kimchi has been strongly linked to better cholesterol levels, improved colon health, and a stronger immune system.
Yoghurt: One most of us are well acquainted with, natural yoghurts contain billions of healthy food cultures that are rich in probiotics that nourish our guts.
Kefir: Similar to yoghurt but with a more drinkable consistency, kefir shares similar gut-promoting properties to yoghurt. It has also been studied for its ability to fight pathogens and reduce toxins in the bloodstream.
Sauerkraut: Like Kombucha, it is thought that sauerkraut was originally brought over from China. It is also derived from cabbage, and fermented by adding lactic acid bacteria. Its rich probiotic content has been studied for its ability to improve digestion, and there’s even research now examining its potential ability to fight cancer cells.
Kombucha: The Elixir of Life needs no introduction from us! Delightfully rich in probiotics and organic acids, Kombucha is linked to a slew of health benefits that require an article itself to describe. Luckily for you, we’ve written that one already – click here to read about the health benefits of Kombucha.
It’s not just Kombucha that’s rich in probiotics and other health-promoting compounds. There’s a whole range of fermented foods out there we encourage you to experiment with to receive the maximum health benefits from.