The Benefits of Fermented Foods
Not only does naturally fermenting foods add a delicious taste and texture, but it also adds numerous health benefits. Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria. By consuming fermented foods, you are adding beneficial bacteria to your intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and enhancing your immune system. A large proportion of the immune system is housed in the gut. By consuming probiotic-rich foods, you are supporting the gut mucosa layer, making the immune system more robust.
In addition to a healthy immune system, studies have shown that fermented foods promote:
Mental health: A few studies have linked probiotics to a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Weight loss: Studies have found links between certain probiotic strains and decreased belly fat.
Heart health: Fermented foods have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Probiotics reduce blood pressure and help lower total and “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Most health experts advocate trying to consume two to three servings of fermented foods each day. A serving can be as small as a tablespoon of sauerkraut, a pickle or two tablespoons of a naturally fermented plant-based yogurt. An easy (and delicious!) way to add more fermented foods into your diet is by consuming the LeGrand plant-based yogurts, cheeses and butter!