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Ever heard of good bacteria? This year has been all about fermentation or the process of preserving food in a way that enables their natural bacteria to begin breaking down the food’s sugar and starches. This process is said to produce lactic acid which halts the growth of bad bacteria.
Since they are full of good bacteria or probiotics, they can help keep your immune system healthy. Many studies have actually shown that fermented foods carry numerous health benefits as it makes food more digestible and produce more nutrients.
That said, why not hop in the fermented food trend and try some of these healthy treats?
- KimchiKimchi is undeniably a staple in Korean cuisine. It is a salted and fermented vegetable mixture that is commonly used as a side dish in all Korean meals. Researchers have found that Kimchi encourages weight loss by improving metabolic factors. It was also found to promote both brain and skin health so, if you love a good spicy meal, you may want to add some kimchi into your life!
- KombuchaKombucha is made by adding specific strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar to black or green tea. This is then fermented for a week or more to produce acetic acid which is able to kill many potentially harmful microorganisms.
Drinking Kombucha may also reduce the risk of cancer. In fact, a test tube study discovered that it helped prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells due to its high concentration of tea polyphenols and antioxidants.
- YogurtYogurt is basically fermented milk. The bacteria used to make it is called “yogurt cultures” which ferments the lactose.
Yogurt is rich in important nutrients that maintain bone health as it is, first and foremost, a dairy product. These key nutrients are helpful in preventing osteoporosis, a condition of weakening bones. Studies have also concluded that yogurt consumption is highly associated with lower body weight, body fat, and waist circumference.