Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fabulous Fermented Foods !!!!

Probiotics like Idli , dahi, khimichi and dhokla strengthen our immune systems, fight disease and add depth to our culinary experience.Earlier referred to as fermented foods, probiotic foods are valued for their taste as well as nutritional value.

Dahi, paneer, dhoklas, dosas, uttapams, idlis and breads are the mainstay of our kitchens. These foods are not merely tasty, they also offer numerous health  benefits.
While the expression ‘probiotic’ is of recent coinage, it merely refers to food rich in health-enhancing micro-organisms, some of which has been a part of our eating experience since antiquity.

Health Benefits :
The good bacteria in fermented foods consume starch and sugar in our food and arrest the production of lactic acid, which in turn prevent flatulence. Micro-organisms in certain fermented foods strengthen the body’s immune function by supplying B-vitamins, and consuming harmful micro-organisms.

They keep the ecosystem of the digestive tract healthy and prevent colon cancer.  Bacterial enzymes break down milk protein and convert it into yogurt, cheese or kefir, which is easier to digest for many lactose-intolerant people.

However, for probiotic food to benefit us we need a diet rich in soluble fibre from various sources including legumes, oats, barley, onions, sweet potatoes, broccoli and carrots. These foods provide an ideal environment for good bacteria to breed. Prune juice is also a great source of stimulants for friendly bacteria that live inside our bodies.

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