All of us suffer from digestive problems at one point or another. The surest way to get rid of these problems is to create a balance between the good bacteria in the digestive tract and the disease causing bacteria.
Fermented foods provide the most effective solution as they are rich in lactic acid-producing bacteria. Fermentation of food involves taking them through a process called lactofermentation where the natural bacteria consume the sugar and starch in the food resulting in the formation of lactic acid.
This process not only makes the food taste sour but also preserves it and develops b-vitamins, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids and other enzymes which are beneficial to human beings. Fermentation of food in the natural way also maintains its nutrients and makes it easily digestible. The probiotics arising as a result of the fermentation process could be the reason why consumption of fermented foods results in better digestion.
Benefits of food fermentation
There are a number of benefits that come from fermented foods:
Cost friendly- food can be fermented at home with ease and since fermented food lasts longer, you can buy it when it’s cheap and ferment for future use. Consumption of this food also takes away the need to use supplements further reducing your budget requirements.
Probiotics-consumption of fermented foods introduces good bacteria into the digestive tract which improves digestion and the bowel movements as well as one’s immunity.
Better absorption of nutrients-when the balance in the digestive system is restored, you will absorb the nutrients you take in better eliminating the need to take supplements.
Food preservation-normal food only lasts a few days in the fridge whereas fermented food can last for months and without losing the nutritional content.
Weight loss- balancing the bacteria in your gut is one of the things that will make you lose weight and feel better. Consumption of fermented foods is one sure way to achieve this.
Fermentation is mostly known for alcohol creation but its benefits in food are numerous and has recently gained popularity in the quest for weight loss.