Are There Benefits Of Fermented Drinks?

March 28, 2018

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The latest health news revolves around your digestive system and the balance of "good" bacteria for overall well-being. Many believe a probiotic pill is the answer while some prefer the introduction of fermented foods, like Kimchi, sourdough bread and sauerkraut into your body. The latest product in the spotlight is kombucha, a fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks. So you can see there is a lot of choice and apparently a lot of noise. Dr. Megan Rossi is known as the gut health doctor and she says the benefits of fermented foods are as complicated as the various ways to reap the benefits of them.  Although fermented foods have been in the diets for thousands of years, not much long term research has been done.  While it may be convenient to pop in a probiotic pill and be done, if you are healthy, a probiotic has very little impact on your gut bacteria. It's like a drop in the ocean. Research is finding out there are many varieties of good bacteria.  So it makes sense to include yogurt and kombucha in your diet.  However kombucha isn't known for flavor, so a lot of sugar is added to the tea and that can be some hidden calories slipped into your diet. Added sugar is also a concern in many yogurts too.  Dr. Rossi suggest you aim for at least 30 different plant species per week in your diet. The more plant variety, the more variety of gut bacteria, which is associated with health and happiness.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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