Fermented foods you need to eat

Fermented foods you need to eat

Hey there, viewers. Are  you a fermented food lover?  This might be something you don’t know about.  Heck, I didn’t know about it until recently.  Fermented products are foods and beverages that have undergone microbial growth.  Still not following? These products go  through a process where yeast and bacteria  break down their food components,  and turn them into different foods.

Kombucha.

Tea lovers unite! Kombucha is a sweetened  tea that has undergone fermentation.  It’s made from either black or green  tea and has plenty of health benefits. Kombuncha has been found to help your liver,  by getting rid of toxicity and reducing  damage from harmful chemicals. Other  studies have also found that the drink will  block cancer cells from growing. For people  with a history of certain cancer in their  family, drinking kombucha might help you. Animal studies have found that regular  consumption of kombucha will lower your level  of bad cholesterol. Kombucha is only becoming  more popular. Not only does it taste delicious,  it can really get you on the right track  to becoming healthier. Pour yourself a cup. How much tea do you drink a day? Have you  noticed any changes in your health? Sound  off in the comment section and start a  conversation with our Bestie community.

Natto.

Now, I get it, folks. This is probably  one you haven’t heard of. Again,  neither had I until yesterday. Natto  is a popular food in Japanese cuisine,  and offers so many different health benefits. Natto is made from fermented soybeans. This means  it has a large amount of fiber. Every 3.5 ounces  has almost 6 grams! This keeps you full for a  longer period of time, reducing your hunger.  It will also help you go to the bathroom more.  Over time, you’ll find that you’ve lost weight. The Vitamin K found in natto is also worth noting.  It strengthens your bones. One Japanese study even  showed that a regular diet of natto helped  reduce bone loss in postmenopasual women. Try adding some natto to your meal  plan, and watch yourself get healthier.

Miso.

This is another delicious Japanese product  that boosts your health. Miso is a seasoning  made from fermented soybeans. It is mixed  with salt and a type of fungus called koji. Miso is usually added to soup.  It gives it a lot more flavor.  Miso soup is normally something  people eat for breakfast. In a study from 2003, women who ate miso  soup on a regular basis had a lower risk  of breast cancer than those who hadn’t.  It can also lower your risk of a stroke.  You see, miso soup will lower your blood  pressure protecting you from heart disease. Despite the amount of salt it has, miso soup  actually helps to decrease your heart rate.  People suffering from heart symptoms  might want to consider eating more of it. While there are several studies that suggest  miso can increase your risk of stomach cancer,  more research is needed to confirm this. Experts  say there are other factors that play into  this increase. Not just miso. So I think it’s  safe to say that it’s pretty healthy for you.

Kimchi.

Have you ever tried fermented cabbage?  Well that’s what our next pick is.  Kimchi is a Korean food that can also be made  from other fermented veggies like radishes. Not only is kimchi shown to lower your bad  cholesterol, it can also reduce your insulin  resistance. Insulin transports glucose  from your blood to the body’s tissues.  A poor lifestyle can affect the way  your body responds to insulin. This  results in high levels of blood  sugar and eventually diabetes. A study from 2013 focused on a group who consumed  kimchi every day for 8 whole weeks. By the end,  not only had the subjects lost weight, they also  had lower blood pressure and insulin resistance. Kimchi is something you can add  to plenty of different foods. How  about putting some kimchi into your  sandwich? Given our time locked down,  I think we all could use a few more  veggies, no matter what form they come in. Before we continue, are you looking to get  in shape? Well you need to fix your diet  first and get your health right. Check out  our recent video on 11 Foods To Avoid If You  Want To Unclog Your Arteries. Now back  to our list of healthy fermented foods.

Sauerkraut.

Now this is one you’ve probably  come across before. Who doesn’t  like a little sauerkraut every now and then?  Well a lot of people don’t. It’s kind of an  acquired taste. Much like kimchi, this food  is made from cabbage, but the kind that’s been  shredded up and fermented by lactic acid bacteria. The antioxidants found in sauerkraut  help to promote eye health and reduce  the risk of eye disease. It’s also shown  to prevent certain types of cancer. A study  found that the juice from the sauerkraut  stopped breast cancer cells from growing.  While this is all really promising, some  more studies need to be done to confirm. Sauerkraut can be eaten with plenty of  delicious foods. Not only should you  try it with your sandwich, you can also  have it with your soups and casseroles.

Kefir (kuh-feer).

You need a little more dairy in your life… this is  if your body can handle it. This is  one of the best kinds you can try.  Kefir is a type of dairy made up from grains  made from yeast and bacteria. From here,  it is turned into milk. Due to its thickness  and taste, people often mistake it for yogurt. Kefir does so many great things for your  health. For one, it can help people with lactose  intolerance. The bacteria in the grains allows  the kefir to break down the lactose in your milk.  This allows you to process it without  suffering from any of the gross effects.  People who are lactose intolerant  can’t digest the sugars in their  dairy, resulting in bloating,  diarrhea and overall discomfort. Kefir can also decrease inflammation in the body,  which will decrease your chances of  getting heart disease and cancer. A regular diet of kefir can also  improve the strength of your bones.  People who eat kefir on a constant basis  have improved bone mineral density.  This is something that really helps  people with osteoporosis.

Tempeh.

Also made from fermented soybean, tempeh is a tiny  cake that has been pressed down. It is usually  eaten as a substitute for meat. So needless to  say, it’s probably really dense and filling. The soy found in tempeh carries a ton of protein.  A 1 ounce serving of tempeh holds almost 6 grams  of protein. This is shown to lower your chances  of getting heart disease. It’s also good to  mention that tempeh is extremely low calorie. That  same single-ounce holds only about 55 calories. Various studies over the years  have pointed towards some amazing  benefits for your cholesterol. Apparently  consuming 25 grams of soy protein every  day for 6 weeks led to an almost  3% decrease in total cholesterol. The antioxidants also found in tempeh  will go to war with free radicals,  which help protect you from deadly diseases.

Yogurt.

Most of us have eaten yogurt in our lives. I  personally can’t go a day without my favorite  strawberry brand. Many people don’t realize that  yogurt is fermented with lactic acid bacteria. Yogurt has so many important nutrients. This  includes calcium, potassium and Vitamin B12.  Probiotic yogurt has been found to lower your  blood pressure and prevent heart disease.  It can also strengthen your bones  by increasing mineral density. Probiotic yogurt can also help you lose weight.  People who eat healthy yogurt on a weekly basis  are usually shown to have a lower body weight  and less fat. The circumference of their waste  is also much smaller. Eating yogurt a few times  each week will remove a few notches in your belt. Yogurt can be eaten any time of the day.  While some people simply eat it as part of  their breakfast, you can also have it for a  snack. I like to put it into a blender with  some other fruits and mix into a smoothie. If  you try that, I promise you won’t regret it. Yup, your diet is extremely important.  There are so many different foods you  need to consider while on your journey to  get in shape. Have I sparked your interest?  Let’s get into a couple more videos, shall we? Check out our recent video on the 13  Healthiest Foods You Should Eat In The Morning.  

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