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Fermented Foods

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Both Kimchi and Sauerkraut are great sides to any meal and enjoying a small serve every day along with a high fibre diet will ensure you maintain good gut health and help your immune system fight from within.

Why Fermented Foods are good for us

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Why Fermented Foods are good for us

Regular consumption of fermented foods such as Kimchi and Sauerkraut are a great and tasty way of strengthening your immune system by improving gut health. 70% of our immune system comes from our gut and if our gut flora and bacteria are not well balanced, it becomes hard for our body to absorb the good nutrients from the foods we are consuming in our diet.

The two most common fermented foods you can buy from most supermarkets are Kimchi and Sauerkraut which are primarily made by fermenting cabbage with salt, however you can make your own at home with a variety of different vegetables.

Kimchi, which is traditionally made with Chinese cabbage, is low in calories but packed with nutrients such as iron, folate, and vitamins B6 and K.

Thanks to the fermentation process (which can take between 10 days to even years), Kimchi boasts numerous probiotics which help with gut health and balance.

Sauerkraut, like Kimchi’s main ingredient is cabbage but sometimes carrot is added. The cabbage fermentation process which is found in the production of both Kimchi and Sauerkraut may also create plant compounds which suppress the growth of pre-cancerous cells.

Two recent studies suggest that cabbage and sauerkraut juice may help reduce the risk of cancer by reducing the expression of cancer-associated genes.

In another study, researchers found that women who ate a lot of cabbage and sauerkraut from their teenage years onwards, had a reduced risk of breast cancer. The women who consumed more than three servings per week had a 72% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate less than 1 ½ servings per week. Another study in men found that cabbage had similar effects on the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Eating sauerkraut may help you strengthen your immune system, improve your digestion, reduce your risk of certain diseases and even help regulate body weight.

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