The Health Benefits of…Fermenting

Check out this interesting BBC Good Food article on the benefits of Fermenting. It takes a closer look at why probiotics are so good for you and lists some of the best fermented foods to include in your diet.

The Health Benefits of…Fermenting

By Jo Lewin – Associate nutritionist

Popular across cultures for centuries, fermenting has made a fashionable comeback as a provider of ‘good’ bacteria that contributes to a healthy digestive system. Want to know what the fuss is all about? Nutritionist Jo Lewin gives us the lowdown.
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Historically the fermentation technique was used as a way of preserving foods and drinks long before the days of refrigeration. During the process of fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or fungi convert organic compounds – such as sugars and starch – into alcohol or acids. For example, starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted to lactic acid and this lactic acid acts as a natural preservative. Fermentation can produce quite distinctive, strong, slightly sour flavours.

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