How do fermented foods improve digestion? For one, they help lower the content of FODMAPS (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, nonosaccharides, and polyols), a group of dietary sugars that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. This is especially important for people dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Some fermented vegetables contain prebiotic fibre that supports the growth of microflora, while others contain living yeast and bacteria that promote healthy digestion, thus contributing directly to the natural balance of intestinal microflora.
Must-try fermented foods
Fermented foods are a wonderful addition to the diet – both from a nutritional as well as a personal enjoyment perspective. Because the process changes how food tastes, you’ll experience a whole new range of flavours. Delicious options to start with include:
Kefir – a cultured, fermented milk drink with an enjoyable tart flavour.
Tempeh – a fermented soybean cake with a dense texture and intense nutty flavour.
Kombucha – a green or black tea that has been fermented with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy.
Natto – a traditional Japanese dish made by fermenting soybeans with Bacillus subtilis. It has a strong flavour and slippery texture that pairs well with soy sauce.
Kimchi – a spicy fermented cabbage that is similar in texture to sauerkraut.
For a more concentrated approach to fermented foods, Whole Earth & Sea 100% Fermented Organic Protein & Greens is a certified organic formula that contains 21 g of quality plant protein and 8 servings of fruits and vegetables per scoop. It is a non-GMO, vegan-friendly green superfood formula made from over 28 fermented grasses, fruits, vegetables, and micronized medicinal mushrooms to support an active, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle.
How much fermented food to eat?
Fermented foods make great additions to daily meals and snacks. When introducing them into your diet, start with small servings. Gradually work your way up to full portion sizes over time to give your digestive system time to adapt.
Fermented foods are a delicious and simple choice for supporting your nutritional goals and an active lifestyle.