I was thinking about what to write this week.. I have had a lot going on. I had to give a fermentation presentation in our workshop series this week, and it felt so great to share my little hobby with everyone.
Now by NO means am I any kind of expert on fermentation. It's fun and of course the more you do something, the more you learn and get comfortable. So i'm just going to share of few things that helped me get started.
What Are Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.
Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimichi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health. Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.
Why Eat Fermented Foods?
Besides the fact that they taste great and really grow on you, there are several great reasons to start making and eating fermented foods:
8 Healthy Fermented Foods
So, that's it. That's what I know. Thanks for reading! I hope maybe there is something you can take away from this. I encourage you all to find a hobby. Find something that you are passionate about! Get out there and enjoy!
Much Love, Lindsey
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