Fermented Foods for Health
Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D.,N.D
Fermenting food has many benefits, it makes it easier to digest, it makes it last longer, and ,most importantly it adds powerful probiotics that are really good for intestinal health. Probiotic has become a buzz word in the food and health industry, and it's being offered as a supplement and food additive, and for good reason, ingesting probiotics helps replenish valuable microbes that can be lost due to medicating or infection.
I'm a firm believer in never taking a supplement or additive if I can get the same benefit from a natural food source.Many of us already eat fermented foods in our diets but we don't think of them as fermented, things like sauerkraut, yogurt, pickled beets, and relish, and that is only a small example! The trouble with the word fermentation is that is conjures up images of a mad scientists lab gone afoul. But above I mentioned pickled beets, that's a process of fermentation, it's not overly time consuming, it doesn't result in a five year supply of goods, and it's really tasty.
If your looking for an easy to follow guide that starts off easy with recipes like Probiotic Berry Good For You Jam, or Tropical Coconut, Mango, and Mint Chutney, or try Fiber Filled Fig and Apricot Honey Butter. The recipes are absolutely delicious and many of them were items I was already making in my kitchen, now I just make a healthier version!