Want your diet to be more nutritious and healthy, then its time to try FERMENTED FOODS.
Fermented foods means the foods (May be raw fruits and vegetables) are left to develop natural bacteria and microorganisms at a room temperature. During this process, the natural bacterium called the PROBIOTICS grows by in-taking the carbohydrates from food and makes the food taste like Sour. These foods are called the super-foods because it is boosting the nutritional content of food. This process converts carbohydrates to carbon di oxide, alcohol to organic acid and many more.
Pros of taking Fermented Foods:
• Protective line in Intestines
• Builds stronger Immune System
• Regulate Appetite
• Reduce Sugar Cravings
• Reduce risk of Diabetes
• Improving Digestion
• Improves your Gut health
• Better absorption of Nutrients
Foods you could include in your daily diet:
Yogurt – The sugar in milk breaks down into lactic acid, which gives a sour taste to yogurt and provides a healthy contribution to gut. It is advised to make fresh curd in home rather than packets available in market.
Pickles / Kimchi – It is a form of fermented Fruits or Vegetables. This contains Vitamin C, B2 and gives iron and calcium strength to our body. Mangoes and Amlas are best and easily available pickles in every South-Indian homes.
Lassi – It is made from soured milk which has been drunk anytime of the day. It is easiest way of gettingyour probiotics into your body.
Idlis / Dosas – Rice and Lentils are fermented for a day to two to make idly and dosa batter. These foods contain good amount of intestinal bacteria and are also low in Calories.
Common myths and doubts:
1. Bacteria’s are bad:
The bacteria present in foods are mostly beneficial and allows us to be benefited because of its nutritional values.
2. Fermented Foods are spoiled or rotten:
When a food is fermented, you add salt which stops the process before it goes to rotten state. The foods are broken by bacteria and yeast.
3. Is it okay if we consume more fermented foods:
Anything excess is not good for the health. Adequate intake of fermented food can be included in your everyday meals.
Fermenting at Home:
Make your own fermented foods at home. Carrot, Cabbage, Lemons, and Apples is easily available and best way to start your fermentation process. Chop or Slice the veggies and put them in an airtight container filled with water and salt. It is important to note that the veggies are submerged inside the water. Store it for a couple of days and it is ready to be used. It gives a sour flavour and you can store according to your taste.