Yes, the fermented food is back in fashion. It is the food that is 8000 years old which includes chutneys, cheese, yogurt, natto, wine, kimichi and sauerkraut.
A recent research shows that fermented food can help in treating anxiety, so that being said, the fermented food is surely here to stay. The funky fermented food is not just a fad,it is becoming a staple for many countries.
What is fermentation?
The process of fermentation is natural and it is constantly happening around us. Whether it is bread, beer, yogurt or wine, all go through the phase of fermentation and then they reach the road of deliciousness.
The process of fermentation breaks down the fiber in the food, which makes it easier to digest and your gastro-intestine will not have to put much work in digestion. Health benefit: the food that is easier to digest comes with more nutrients.
Furthermore, during the process of fermentation, gluten which is found in bread is also broken down partially and hence, the bread that we eat is easier to digest. The enzymes in the fermented food help those people who have difficulty in digestion. So eventually, fermented food is healthy for everyone.
What do the Nutritionists have to say?
The nutritionists give 5 stars to the fermented food. The probiotic bacteria that fermentation provides have many health benefits for the digestive system because such food has the ability to attach to the walls of the gut and compete with the pathogenic bacteria present in the body. In this way, all the bad bacteria from your body are removed and this eventually wards off the IBS symptoms. You feel more energetic and your skin improves too. Fermented food is soon going to become the new gluten-free food.
What Fermented Foods to eat?
It is easy to ferment just about any food. If you don’t think you can do it yourself, grab the fermented food from the supermarket. Pickles and sauerkraut would just be perfect. Add them to your burgers and salad and make your food tasty,not just different but delicious. Other fermented foods you can have include kefir (fermented milk), Kombucha (fermented tea), yogurt, bread, beer, coffee, and even chocolate.
Here is the list of top 5 fermented foods:
  • Pickles:
  • Get the ones that are available in health shops. Not all types of pickles are fermented. Don’t get the ones from supermarket, they usually contain vinegar and they are heated on high temperature. You can always choose homemade pickle.
  • Kimchi:
  • It is a Korean spicy fermented cabbage which is made with additional spices and seasonings. It also includes veggies such as cucumber or radishapart from cabbage.
  • Miso:
  • They are fermented soy beans which are rich in minerals like magnesium and Zinc and they contain vitamin K.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
  • Yes, our favorite ACV is also a fermented food. In fact, apples have to go through double fermentation to actually become ACV. It helps in digestion and resolve inflammatory problems.
  • Sauerkraut:
  • It is the raw cabbage on which salt is sprinkled and then it is packed tightly.
    It goes into a sealed jar for fermentation. You can even make it at home and use it in different recipes.
    If you want to stay healthy and fresh, you will never mind going for the fashion of fermented food.
    Bayan Tayeh
    Bayan works as a content writer and graphic designer. She is highly interested in the field of healthcare and health education. Her goal is to change the way people think about sticking to some dietary habits, and to encourage them consume real food, as possible, so we can build a healthier world.