What are naturally fermented foods?
Naturally fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi have been around for ages. Traditionally, lacto- fermentation was used as a way to preserve food before the days of refrigeration. It has only been in the most recent, that we have come to understand the health benefits associated with these naturally fermented foods.
Why are naturally fermented foods good for you?
It is believed that eighty-percent of our immune system is in our gut. The immune system deals with aging, infection, general health and disease. Naturally fermented foods using lactobacillus are filled with probiotic bacteria that promote good gut flora and contribute to good overall digestive health.
Some of the benefits of consuming these foods are known to:
- Promote the growth of friendly bacteria in your intestine
- Aids 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.
What is natural fermentation?
We’re glad you asked. Most pickles and sauerkraut you find on grocery store shelves have been processed using vinegar and calcium chloride. The food is cooked under extreme heat and pasteurized, killing off any friendly bacteria and losing its nutritional value.
Grimm’s Fine Foods 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. It also makes the pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi taste delicious!
Why should you keep naturally fermented foods in the refrigerator?
Grimm’s Naturally Fermented Foods use traditional methods, and so contain live cultures. This not only means that they taste great and are healthy for your gut, but also that the fermentation process is still happening. Storing them in a refrigerator slows this process, making sure they retain the flavour that Grimm’s is famous for.