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Fermented food is food that goes through a process called lactofermentation. During this natural process bacteria feed on the food’s starch and sugar and create lactic acid. This process preserves the food in a natural way (fermented foods can be stored in your refrigerator for six to eight months) and especially interesting for those of you who want to eat healthily: these foods are full of b-vitamins, enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and various healthy probiotic strains.

Fermented foods have a very interesting and complex taste and the fermentation process is a kind of alchemy. Sugar turns into alcohol, bread dough rises, milk becomes cheese or yoghurt and fresh vegetables become pickles with a tangy taste.

You can go for homemade foods and start with your first alchemist experiment right away, or you can of course purchase fermented foods from stores. When buying make sure to purchase raw and unpasteurized products: pasteurization kills any friendly bacteria!

Almost every country has its own fermented speciality – just to name a few:
kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, coconut yoghurt, miso, tempeh, kimchi, kefir, natto

What benefits do I get from eating fermented foods?

  • they improve your digestive health
  • they balance your gut flora (the microorganisms in your gut)
  • they will help you to fight off disease-producing microorganisms
  • they produce nutrients
  • they boost your  immune system
  • they are easily preserved
  • they are budget-friendly

Incorporating fermented food in your daily diet is easy:

  • replace regular bread with a sourdough bread
  • choose kefir or yoghurt instead of milk
  • add a spoonful of fermented food e.g. pickles to any meal
  • add miso to soups or marinate fish with it

Ready to kick off some kitchen action? Here are some links to recipes:

Sauerkraut
Kombucha
Kimchi
Kefir

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