You’ve heard of magic beans…
You may have noticed a growing number of products popping up in your grocery store labelled “Naturally Fermented.” You may be wondering why a jar of pickles would cost more than usual and why they’re not kept with all the other pickles down the grocery aisle... we’ll let you in on a secret …what’s inside these jars hold MAGIC POWERS
(ok, they can’t grant you wishes or anything) but they can improve your overall health!
Here’s how it works. These foods are naturally fermented, which means they are unpasteurized and contain no vinegar or calcium chloride (like those other pickles). Instead, Grimm’s uses a process called lacto- fermentation. Lactobacillus bacteria go to work on the sugars present in the food and convert them to lactic acid. This amazing process acts a natural preservative, stops harmful bacteria from multiplying and allows beneficial probiotic bacteria to thrive; which means, when you eat Naturally Fermented Pickles, Sauerkraut or Kimchi all these beneficial probiotics (magic powers) get transferred to you!
Now, we’re not going to give you a “with great power comes great responsibility” speech but we will let you know what these powers are capable of doing for you.
- Promote the growth of friendly bacteria in your intestine
- Aid in digestion
- Help prevent diseases of the digestive tract
- Provide you with an excellent source of vitamins B6, B12 and K2, as well as dietary fibre
- Help with absorption of enzymes and minerals that are vital to a healthy diet
Our friends at The Celiac Scene wrote a great article on Super Foods for Optimal Gluten-Free Gut Health. Pickles, Kimchi and Sauerkraut top the list!
When you’re done eating the delicious contents of the jar DO NOT throw out the juice! The brine from Naturally Fermented Foods contains millions of these magic probiotic powers. Save the juice and use it for dressings, add to hummus, put it in a Caesar or a dirty martini (suddenly it’s healthy...right?) or just drink it straight in a #GrimmsShot!
We challenge you to start including Naturally Fermented Foods in your daily diet and let us know when you feel the magic working!