What You Should Know About Fermented Foods

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Introducing fermented foods into your diet has been said to offer tremendous health benefits. What are fermented foods and how do they benefit you?

Fermentation is a chemical process that changes the nature of some foods. Originally developed as a way to preserve food before refrigeration, cured meats, pickled vegetables, and clabbered milk are types of fermented foods. Fermentation is also sometimes used to lower the level of carbs in various foods.

As a result of the process of fermentation, fermented foods are full of probiotics, which are the good, healthy bacteria that live in your digestive system. They are much more probiotic rich than any probiotic supplement you can take. Probiotics are known to improve digestion, boost immunity and might even have a role to play in weight loss.

You’re likely already familiar with fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut (cabbage and salt) and kimchi, which is a spicy Korean style of sauerkraut.

Tempeh is fermented soy and is a popular protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Miso is a fermented paste of soy, rice or barley, most commonly found in miso soup. Yogurt with live and active cultures is a great fermented food as is calcium rich kefir, which is a fermented milk drink. You might enjoy black or green fermented kombucha tea.

You’re already working on improving your health and well-being with a Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. Try adding a side of kimchi and kick your healthy habits up a notch. A good guideline is eating 2 to 4 ounces (approximately 50-100 grams) of fermented vegetables or other cultured foods at least once a day.

Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on at rebeca@spatzindia.com.

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