If you are not yet eating lacto-fermented vegetables on a regular basis, you are missing out on one of the most cost-effective, nutritious and delicious ways to improve your gut health - and therefore your overall health - you have available to you. Join me THIS Sunday, June 10th, on beautiful Orcas Island to learn how easy it is to make one of the original superfoods, Sauerkraut.
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If you are not familiar with the health power of fermented foods, here is a quick list of the many benefits:
Fermentation is a traditional means of preserving foods. Before there was refrigeration and chemicals to do the preserving for us, salt was used. The salt creates an environment for beneficial bacteria to proliferate while harmful bacteria can't get a toe-hold.
Fermented vegetables are rich in probiotics, which are critical to the health of our guts. The beneficial bacteria found in our guts are mini factories pumping out serotonin, B vitamins, vitamin K, immune system modulators and much more to keep us healthy.
They contain prebiotics, which is the food that feeds the good bacteria.
Fermented vegetables contain enzymes, which helps our bodies digest and absorb the nutrients in our food.
The nutrients contained in the vegetables are enhanced and more easily absorbed. Cabbage, for example, is a nutritional powerhouse, but like many cruciferous vegetables can be hard for some people to digest. The process of fermenting cabbage into sauerkraut increases the nutrient profile, especially the amount of Vitamin C, while making it easy to digest, and oh-so-yummy!
Check out this post for a more in-depth look at the many ways lacto-fermented foods support your health and happiness.
If you want a hands-on class to learn step-by-step how to make this delicious traditional food, join me on Sunday June 10th at Wild Island, 3 pm to 5 pm. Participants will take home a jar of organic sauerkraut made during the class. I hope to see you Sunday!