Various foods have various benefits to the body, and fermented foods are one of the most beneficial foods.
Namely, fermented foods promote the growth of good bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.
These bacteria break down starch, lactose, and sugar from foods, helping the body to easily digest them.
These foods also combat bad bacteria such as C. difficile and E. coli. Fermented food include:
- Raw pickles
Good bacteria is also referred to as Probiotic. Probiotics transport the food through the gut, thereby preventing digestive complications such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Moreover, they are effective in the treatments of skin issues, vaginal problems, allergies, as well as dental issues. Likewise, they boost the immune system and promote weight loss.
Unfortunately, the good bacteria can be destroyed as a result of factors such the use of antibiotics.
In such situations, we should find alternative sources of good bacteria to make up for the loss.
Here’s a simple sauerkraut recipe, which will help you enjoy the countless health benefits of fermented foods:You will need only 20 minutes:
Serves: around 1 gallon
- 5 pounds of shredded cabbage
- A tablespoon of caraway seeds
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt or pickling salt
Mix the ingredients in a big bowl and let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes.
Afterwards, empty the mixture into a large glass food container.
Add a quartered onion to fit in the food container, on the top, in a bid to weigh it down.
Use a paper towel, secured with a rubber band, to cover the container.
Keep the container in a cool dark place, making sure you check it every day for 2 weeks.
Skim off any scum that forms on the surface. Leave it like that for about one month before transferring it into an airtight container.
Then, store the container in the fridge for about 6 months.