You are probably aware that fermented foods are a great source of probiotic bacteria which play an important role in maintaining gastrointestinal health. Probiotic bacteria help in the breakdown of food so it can be easily absorbed by the digestive system and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Let’s look at some ways to incorporate fermented foods into your diet:
- Consume more yogurt: It is the most obvious and affordable fermented food that can easily be made part of your daily diet. Vegetarian alternatives to the traditional yogurt prepared from coconut, almond, and cashew milk are also easily available or can be made at home as well.
- Add sauerkraut toppings to everything you eat: This finely cut cabbage fermented by lactic acid bacteria has a very long shelf life and a distinct flavor that goes very well with salads, soups, and different types of sandwiches.
- Try lactose fermented sauces and salsas: Hot dogs and hamburgers taste equally good, if not better, with lactose-fermented ketchup and scrambled eggs taste delicious with fermented salsa.
- Stir fry with miso paste: Miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning very popular in the US, is a gut-healing paste with great taste. It goes very well with stir fired or sautéed foods.
- Fermented soups: Adding a little bit of sour cream or the juice of any fermented vegetable is a great way to stimulate your digestion and improve gut health.
- Use more pickles: Increase the amount of fermented, chopped pickles in your tuna, salmon, and ham sandwiches.
- Replace regular bread with sourdough bread: The long fermentation process required to create sourdough decreases the amount of gluten and improves digestibility of the bread.
By following these tips, you will be able contributing to healthy digestive ecosystem while satisfying your taste buds as well.
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