Fermented Foods             

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The process of fermenting foods has been practiced by many civilizations for hundreds of generations.  And thanks to people becoming more health conscious today, eating these foods is once again gaining in popularity.

To understand why fermented foods are so good for us, we need to know a bit about bacteria.  Simply put, bacteria (the plural of bacterium) are the smallest things known to man that can be considered alive.  They exist everywhere – in water, soil and just about every living creature on earth.  And while it is estimated there are over 10 trillion cells in the human body, there are actually ten times as many bacteria cells as human cells, (a number beyond comprehension!)

There are many types of bacteria, but for the sake of this article let’s just say there are two – good and bad.  A newborn baby begins to develop beneficial bacteria from mom’s breast milk.  Part of the learning process of a child’s immune system is to distinguish between the good and bad bacteria.

The bad bacteria in our bodies can contribute to a wide variety of illnesses, including strep throat, eczema, tuberculosis and meningitis.  Some believe they can cause almost any disease, including allergies, obesity, diabetes and cancer.  Harmful bacteria that cause bacterial infections and disease are called pathogenic bacteria.

Our bodies require good bacteria, known as probiotics, for many healthy reasons.  Here are just a few of them:

  • help keep our digestive tract in good running order, which in turn can prevent many digestive illnesses

  • break down foods to aid in the absorption of their nutrients

  • absorb fatty acids, which cells need to grow

  • destroy many of the cancer causing carcinogens found in processed meat

  • maintain the immune system throughout our body

  • help limit the growth of bad bacteria

Therefore it can be said that good bacteria have an enormous influence on our digestion, detoxification and immune system.

It should be noted that whenever you take antibiotics, you are killing bacteria, including the good bacteria that you need for your optimal health.  Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers have the same effect.  In fact, increased use of antibiotics have led to the adaptation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can lead to outbreaks of so-called “super bugs”.  Also all of the foods and drinks we now buy from our grocery stores are processed, pasteurized, homogenized, etc.  Instead of the nutrient rich foods full of probiotics that were enjoyed in previous generations, the average diet today consists mainly of sugar laden, lab created dead foods.

Incorporating fermented foods into our daily diet is one of the best ways of keeping an ideal good-to-bad bacteria ratio.  These foods are known as “the perfect gut food”.  Many fermented foods make excellent detoxifiers, meaning they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins and heavy metals.

Fermented foods are foods that have gone through a process in which bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating “lactic acid”.  This process preserves the food, and produces beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics.  You can make your own fermented foods at home very inexpensively, usually only a few pennies per serving.  Fermented foods can be stored much longer than regular foods, without the risk of losing their nutrients.

Here are some fermented foods/drinks you might want to try.  Most health stores should carry them.

Be sure they are labeled as organic, unpasteurized and/or containing live cultures:

  • Sauerkraut can be eaten as a side dish, added to your soups and casseroles or used as a topping on your burgers.  Its only ingredients are finely-chopped cabbage and salt.

  • Kefir is a creamy dairy product with a somewhat sour/tart flavour.  Some have likened it to drinking yogurt.

  • Kimchi is known as a traditional Korean side dish.  There are many varieties of Kimchi, but it frequently consists of cabbage, scallions, radish and cucumber, along with added spices.

  • Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that could very easily replace all of your pop in the fridge.  It can be made or purchased in a variety of flavours, and is carbonated.  The ginger kombucha I like to drink tastes just like ginger ale.

I’m including a very basic recipe for making enough sauerkraut to fill one Mason jar.  You can see that the process is quite simple.

  1. Remove the outer dead leaves of the cabbage, then slice it into thin ribbon-like slices

  2. Place the cabbage in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with 1½ tablespoons of Himalayan Pink Salt or Kosher Salt

  3. Massage and squeeze the cabbage and salt combination with your hands for 5 to 10 minutes.  It should take on the texture of coleslaw

  4. Add the cabbage to a Mason jar or canning jar, packing it in tightly with each handful.  Be sure to include the liquid from the mixing bowl

  5. Cover the mouth of the Mason jar with a cloth and rubber band, which will allow air to flow in and out of the jar

  6. Occasionally over the first 24 hours press down firmly on the cabbage.  You should see a liquid begin to rise over the top of the cabbage

  7. Because this is a small amount, the fermenting process should be quicker than normal.  Keep away from direct sunlight and store at room temperature.

  8. There are no steadfast rules on how long to ferment, go by taste.  Start tasting after 3 days.  When it tastes good, screw on the lid and refrigerate.  It should last for months

As long as it smells good and tastes good, it will be!