Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Benefits of Eating Healthy Fermented Foods

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Healthy Fermented Foods


The purpose of this post is twofold:
- to show the health benefits of eating fermented foods
- to share with you the newest fermenting tool/kit that I have found


Health Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods


"Fermented Foods" are things like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, pickles, kimchi and much more.  I'm sure that you have heard of "healthy bacteria" like acidophilus and bifidus (contained in yogurt) - well, homemade fermented foods contain even more good bacteria like: Lactobacillus brevis, Pediococcus pentosaceus and Lactobacillus plantarum. 


These "probiotics" (healthy bacteria) aid in digestion, increase metabolism, can help prevent allergies and some studies have shown that fermented foods can help prevent cancer. (IMPORTANT - Please read my disclaimer at the bottom of this post - I am NOT a doctor & I am NOT giving medical advice - I am only sharing information from online research &/or from my personal experience)


On a personal note, since eating fermented food everyday I have noticed most of the benefits listed above, as well as better skin.  Usually every Winter my hands have such deep dry cuts but this Winter was the first in decades where I barely had any cuts.  The only thing that I did differently this season was eat fermented food everyday (or almost everyday). I don't understand the science behind this but fermented food seems to be helping my skin.


Fermenting Tool/Kit


Years ago I used an old fashioned crock to "ferment" sauerkraut and pickles (click HERE to view my crock pickle recipe).  However, there were many times when I had to throw the entire batch out because the fermentation did not work and rather than fermenting the cucumbers rotted and spoiled.


This past Fall my husband bought a unique quart jar size pickler/fermenter called: "The Perfect Pickler".  This is totally sealed and has a bubbler on top (see picture below) which allows the gases to escape safely.  This has revolutionized my fermenting life resulting in no waste whatsoever!  (NOTE:  I am NOT receiving any benefit monetary or otherwise from promoting this product.  I found something that worked and I am sharing this information with you).  The "Perfect Pickler" takes only 4 to 5 days to ferment and since it is in a quart jar, we are able to finish eating the fermented food before the next batch is ready.


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