5 Ways Fermented Foods Are Healthy
A Summary and Critique, by Timothy Thomas
The original article was written by Tanya Zuckerbrot, published by FoxNews.com, on 03/29/16.
Fermented foods are foods that are exposed to certain kinds of bacteria which will lead to a breakdown of carbohydrates and will develop beneficial microorganisms into the food. These fermented foods can help to support a healthy body. After the fermentation process, foods can contain large amounts of friendly bacteria otherwise known as probiotics which function to maintain proper bacteria balances in the gut. Foods such as yogurt, Greek or regular, are an easily accessible source of this. Fermented foods can also reduce low-grade inflammation in the body, which can help to maintain a healthy weight. Improved digestion is also a result of fermented foods as thee healthy bacteria help to produce enzymes that will break down the foods. Another healthy benefit is that the immune system can be boosted, as health promoting probiotics can help to preserve a healthy mucosal lining in the digestive tract that can serve as a physical barrier to harmful substances. Detoxification is also a benefit of eating fermented foods as probiotics possess the ability to degrade toxins and remove them from the body.
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