That sour taste which many people may find unfamiliar should not be equated with unhealthy or expired. In fact, including fermented foods in your diet a few times a week or more could be beneficial for your health.
Fermented foods include:
- Miso. A paste made of fermented soy beans, it forms the base of soups or glazes.
- Sauerkraut. This familiar condiment is made of finely shredded fermented cabbage.
- Sourdough bread. Real sourdough bread is made with milk and other foods that have been allowed to ferment before making the bread dough.
- Kefir. A fermented drink made from milk.
- Yogurt. Yogurt includes live bacteria called probiotics.
- Kimchi. A traditional Korean dish made from pickled vegetables like cabbage or radish.
- Buttermilk. Buttermilk also includes probiotics.
- Natto. These fermented soybeans are a traditional Japanese breakfast dish.
- Poi. A fermented paste made from taro root.
- Tempeh. A cake made of fermented soybeans.
- Kombucha. A fermented tea.
Another way to keep your gut flora filled with the friendly bacteria that your digestive system needs to stay healthy, while boosting your immunity is to invest in a high-quality probiotic. Since I'm on the go a lot, I travel with Jarrow's probiotics because some of their formulas do not need to be refrigerated. However, you can find many reputable brands in the refrigerated section of the health food store, or even a Vitamin Shoppe, or contact me to purchase high-quality Metagenics probiotics that will work best for you.