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Fermented Foods: Funky & FlourishingPublished:
Did you learn about blue cheese in science class? Some of us remember sitting down to class one day and having our world completely rocked. You’re telling us we eat mold? Knowingly?? So weird. And so delicious.
Blue cheese has really paved the way. It’s opened the path for other funky food options to come into the spotlight. Kombucha. Kimchi. Kefir. Miso. All of a sudden, you’ve got a verifiable bounty of fermented foods awaiting you at your grocery store. And it comes down to more than people just liking the flavor.
The health benefits of fermented foods
If you haven’t been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard somebody, somewhere talking about probiotics. Most of us weren’t even thinking about our gut health ten years ago — but today’s it all the rage. And for good reason! A healthy, thriving gut microbiome doesn’t just mean fewer stomach aches (although that’s a definite benefit). It’s also linked to the reduction of:
- Urinary tract infections
- Breathing issues
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
Impressive, right? No shock, then, that people are loving fermented foods and all the healthy bacteria they introduce to your stomach.
But we’ll be honest. Some of their flavors are a little specific. Don’t be alarmed if the first couple of fermented foods you try aren’t your cup of tea. Keep hunting until you find options you love adding to your diet.
Some of the best fermented foods
To help, we’re gathered up a list of some of our favorite gut health-promoting fermented food options.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Some yogurt (look for one with a “Live & Active Cultures” seal or that’s marked as probiotic yogurt)
Add some fermented foods to your diet and your stomach will thank you. Or, if you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to relive those days of science class, make your own. Brewing your own booch at home could be your new favorite hobby!