Reduce Sugar Cravings & 5 Other Reasons To Eat Fermented Foods
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I’ve always been one to “march to the beat of my own drummer.”
I did quit my job, pack a backpack and buy an international 1 way plane ticket 3 years ago and have been wandering the world ever since.
Some may find it strange.
But, I embrace strange.
Do YOU have that one habit, hobby, or belief that others may find odd?
OF COURSE YOU DO! We all do.
My infinity for peculiarity oozes over into my appetite as well… especially in the “Favorite Snack” category.
This tangy and tasty fermented cabbage snack makes me fall deeper in love with it with every crunchy bite.
BUT – what kimchi really was for me was a gateway food into discovering the wonderful and healthy world of fermented foods.
What You Need To Know About Fermented Food
Fermentation preserves the nutrients in food and breaks down the food to a more digestible form. This pre-digested state allows the nutrients in the food to be more bioavailable to your body.
Your body is full of TRILLIONS of beneficial bacteria that directly affect your health and well being.
These bacteria live in what is called your “microbiome” and love to feast on their favorite foods. Your gut bacteria LOVE fermented foods, which contain an abundance of probiotics that:
6 Reasons To Eat Fermented Foods
|Reduces Sugar Cravings
- Amps up the healthy bacteria, which overpower the microbes that love sugar (and cause you to crave it)
- Weakens the craving signals of “bad bacteria”
|Cuts Sugar Content
- The sugar in the veggies is what ferments
|Builds Gut Health
- Promotes the growth of healthy flora in your intestines
- Lacto-fermentation has been around for a while as a way to preserve food
- Great for seasonal fruits and veggies!
- Fermenting allows the the foods “good bacteria” (lactobacillus) to flourish
|Unlocks Extra Nutrition
- Lactic acid activates enzymes in the veggies that aid digestion
- Releases a lot of vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K2 (a known cancer fighter)
- Make tasty and healthy condiments
- Fermented juices can add flavor to sauces and dressings
Getting Started With Homemade Fermented Food
You don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients to get started fermenting your own foods at home. Here are a few easy recipes (directions included) to get started making your own goods today:
Have you made fermented foods before? Have a TIP to share? Tell us below!
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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