Fermented Vegetables and prebiotics
The trillions of healthy bacteria living in our guts have made recent headlines, and all for good reason. These healthy bacteria are known as prebiotics and probiotics.
Prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates that provide probiotics with food. When you combine prebiotic foods and probiotic foods, they come symbiotic. This means that they contain both live bacteria (probiotics) and the fuel they need in order to thrive (prebiotics).
Reasons why healthy gut bacteria is so important:
- Improve digestion;
- Boost immunity
There is ample you can do to enhance their growth. Research shows that the most effective way is to eat foods packed probiotics and prebiotics.
Fermented foods heal. These foods that have been left to stand for a period of time until their sugars and carbs have become bacteria enhancing agents.
Some important fermented foods that are bursting with prebiotics:
- Tempeh. This amazing food is made from naturally fermented soybeans. It is also a complete protein
- Miso Made from barley, rice or soybeans, miso is a fermented paste. It is also full of important nutrients
- Saurkraut This fermented foods delivers a healthy portion of prebiotics as well as fibre. It is made from cabbage and salt. Sauerkraut can be bought at the stores, but it is just as easy to make your own, without the added preservatives and sugar
- Kefir. Kefir is jam-packed with calcium and prebiotics. It is a fermented milk drink and tastes quite like a drinkable yoghurt
- Kombucha This tangy and effervescent tea is often flavoured with fruit or herbs. It contains a potent variety prebiotics micro organisms. Kombucha can be high in sugar, so it is important to take this into account. When you drink Kombucha, you are helping to build and support a really strong and healthy gut
- Kimchi This spicy, fermented cabbage is Sauerkraut’s Korean cousin;
- Pickles. Not only do they provide a very healthy dose of prebiotics, they are also a very familiar food with a familiar and pleasant taste.
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