Fermented foods and gut health is all in the news at the moment. We were introduced to the idea of fermented foods by Love Kombucha about 2 years ago and started focusing more on foods that promote gut health. Our latest purchase, Pete Evan’s book ‘The Complete Gut Health Cookbook’ has highlighted the importance of fermented foods even more.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation where natural bacteria feed on sugar and starch in food creating lactic acid. This process preserves food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins for our bodies. Examples are sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, live yogurt, kefir, kombucha and they are all very good for your gut as it enhances the live good bacteria in your gut.
Fermentation is a natural process and has been used for many years. So how do you ferment vegetables? You soak the vegetables in salt water or in its own juice, allow the growth of bacteria which eats the sugars and as a result you have a sour/tart taste. This type of fermenting is called lacto-fermentation and is the most common type.
Fermented foods have been used by our ancestors for ages. During the Roman era, sauerkraut was consumed, in ancient India, they enjoy lassi a pre-dinner yogurt drink, Bulgarians are known for their kefir and yogurt, Ukrainians consume fermented foods that include yogurt, sauerkraut and buttermilk. Various Asian cultures eat pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, cucumbers, onions, carrots.
It is exciting to see that restaurants are seeing the benefits from fermented foods and adding this to their menus as Chef Paul Greening in London, UK is doing at his restaurant Aqua Kyoto by incorporating a range of different techniques throughout his menu.
There are many videos on YouTube that show how to make fermented vegetables. Our three favourites are: one from Pete Evans, one on how to make fermented vegetables at home and one on how to make your own beet kvass.
Lastly, remember LCHF is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change.
Excel with a Low Carb Lifestyle. Until next time!
Eunice & Gina