Fermented Foods: Better than Probiotics?
November 4, 2013•9 min
Since fermented foods are natural and help your digestive system in so many ways, are they better than taking a probiotic vitamin?What are fermented foods, exactly? Fermentation is a metabolic process converting sugar to acids, gases and/or alcohol. It’s a process that can be used to convert grapes turn into wine, grains into beer, and vegetable sugars become organic acids. Yogurt and some cheeses are also considered fermented foods. Fermented foods are excellent for combating bad bacteria, regulating your digestive system and, in turn, improving your immune system. These foods are also beneficial to healing certain health conditions, including candida overgrowth (a fungus, which is a form of yeast), irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory disorders. Fermented foods can curb your sugar/carb cravings as well. You may be taking probiotics to help regulate your digestive system. They help maintain a natural balance of organisms in the intestines and reduce the growth of harmful types of bacteria. Since fermented foods are natural and help your digestive system in so many ways, are they better than taking a probiotic vitamin? In her recent book Fermented Foods for Health, nutritionist Deirdre Rawlings includes meal plans and addresses repairing the digestive system and metabolism. She shares the foods that are fermented, the health benefits, as well as how to include them in the modern diet.