Fermented foods are rapidly growing in popularity, as research shows their benefits in supporting healthy digestion and gut function. These foods have played a role in many traditional diets around the world, and make a great addition to the modern diet and healthy lifestyle. Fermentation occurs as the sugars in fruits and vegetables are broken down and converted into other chemicals by bacteria and yeast, with the resulting product one that is alive with probiotics – microbes that are great for supporting gut healing and general well-being.
Fermented foods include the traditional German fermented cabbage Sauerkraut – raw, organic and deliciously tangy. Sauerkraut is high in beneficial probiotics and makes a great condiment alongside many different meals. Apple cider vinegar is often used as a daily tonic for general well-being, and its sharp flavour goes well in salad dressings and smoothies.
For those who wish to do-it-yourself, there are the Mad Millie kefir kits, ideal for making the traditional yoghurt-like milk kefir at home. The range of fermented protein powders is a perfect addition to healthy smoothies on the go.