An excellent overview of why we should be eating fermented foods. Well done.
Lately I have been incorporating fermented food into my diet, and I have grown interest in what it all is and how it affects my body.
What is fermentation?
Fermentation is a process in which food is exposed to bacteria and yeasts, either via inoculation or naturally through the air. Beneficial microorganisms beat out the kind that can kill you, and eat up the carbohydrates in the food. The results are interesting flavors, textures, and smells. Before refrigeration, curing meats, pickling vegetables, and clabbering milk was the only way to extend the life of perishables. And if fermented foods haven’t been cooked, they are really good for you (cooking kills off the beneficial bacteria).
Some examples of fermented food:
- and many more!
How does fermented food affect your body?
First we’ll start with what gut bacteria is:
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