Fermented Vegetables

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There are many advantages to going back to traditional ways and eating more fermented foods. Beyond those of simple preservation, the process of lacto-fermentation has many health benefits.

 

  • The lacto-fermentation process converts the sugars and starches in vegetables into lactic acid by the lactic acid producing bacteria. This produces a tangy and delicious product.
  • Lactobacilli (the good guy bacteria) in fermented vegetables enhance digestibility and increases vitamin levels, such as vitamin K2 and B vitamins.
  • Fermenting food actually increases the vitamin content, increasing levels of K2 and B vitamins.
  • Better digestability means we absorb more nutrients which in turn strengthens and supports the immune system.
  • The good bacteria also produce helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic substances.
  • Lacto-fermentated foods help normalize the acidity of the stomach.
  • Fermented vegetables promote the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Lactic acid activates the secretions of the pancreas, which is very important for diabetics.
  • Certain fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut contain large quantities of choline, which is a substance that lowers blood pressure and aids the body in the metabolism of fats.
  • Fermented vegetables gives us protection from colon cancer, will help decrease rotavirus diarrhea and helps to prevent the recurrence of Irritable Bowel Disease.
  • Fermentation also helps to reduce cavities in children.
  • Eating fermented vegetables can give relief from discomfort associated with lactose intolerance.

Almost any vegetable can be fermented, organic vegetables are the best choice because they are free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and contain more lactic acid bacteria.

To learn more about fermented vegetables or to order a starter culture check out the following website: www.culturesforhealth.com

Call 801-486-4226 to find out about our fermentation classes!