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Healthy fermented foods
February 2, 2014, 11:05 am

The art of making fermented foods has turned out many delicious foods and drinks. We look at some fermented products that are known to be good for your gut as well as your skin.

Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage or sour cabbage is known to be amazingly high in vitamin C (about four times higher than cabbage). It kick starts the immune system, and tastes quite savory, so it can be added onr fresh salads, sandwiches, on homemade burgers, and anything else that needs that salty savory kick. Avoid heating up fermented foods as it can actually kill those precious beneficial bacteria.

Kombucha: Boasting high vitamin content, Kombucha or fermented tea, is one of the best fermented foods that detoxes the body with its enzymes and bacterial acids, thereby lessening load on your liver and pancreas. Kombucha also increases energy because it contains essential B vitamins. You can flavor it however you like, or it can also be used in salad dressings, drizzled over steamed veggies and even hidden in your smoothies.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  It is quite similar in flavor to kombucha tea, though a bit more acidic and vinegary. Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic natural anti-histamine, diuretic, and nutritional supplement. It is high in vitamins and has a great flavor that can be used in salad dressings, hummus, soups and stews (to cut through the heaviness), and of course over steamed veggies. One of the most therapeutic uses is to simply add a capful of apple cider vinegar in a glass of fresh spring water and drink it down first thing in the morning to cleanse and detox the body.

Pickles: The fermented pickles are both delicious and healthy. Cucumbers are commonly used, but almost any veggie is good for pickling like cauliflower, green beans, carrots, peppers, onions, garlic, radishes, fennel, and zucchini. It is only important that the pickles be of the lacto-fermented kind. Fermented pickles are high in vitamins and are the easiest fermented foods to incorporate into your diet.

Homemade Yogurt: All plant based milks like almond, hazelnut, coconut, and flax seed milk can be made into delicious ferments. Homemade yogurt is high in probiotic beneficial bacteria and is the perfect substitute for sour cream as it tastes equally tart and tangy. It is also fantastic in creamy salad dressings, dips and frozen into delicious yogurt pops.

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