Let’s talk a bit about fermentation. It’s such an old method, coming back to life again. And thank goodness for that, it’s such a healthy way to eat your food!
It might scare you at first, the thought of food fermenting and eating so many bacterias. I have to say, at first I was also very sceptical and didn’t even like the smell.. After hearing so many good things about it I decided to give it a try and make my own. Now that I’ve tried it, I like to eat it each day with lunch or dinner!
Fermented foods and PCOS
Us women with PCOS have an inflammation in our body. We want to keep this under control and eat good things not to upset it even more and try and even get the inflammation quiet. One thing that will really help do this, is eating fermented food. Besides it being a natural form of probiotic it has been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food that create lactic acid. This process preserves the food and creates enzymes, b-vitamins and of course probiotics.
Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This is one of the biggest reasons why it’s so good for our body. The less our intestine is upset, the more the inflammation will calm down.
To ferment, the process needs sugar. But no worries, this will have no influence on your insuline. It just feeds the bacteria but will do no harm to your body.
If you don’t have any idea what to ferment; here are a couple of my favourites!
- Sauerkraut. This is fermented white cabbage. I usually toss this through salads.
- Kimchi. This is probably my favourite! This is a traditional Korean dish and it’s so good. It’s pretty spicy but I usually use it as a topping on different dishes. Have you seen my recipe for the buckwheat miso soup? This is delicious in combination with kimchi!
- Pickles. These are fermented cucumbers!
- Different kinds of chutney. These would be amazing with curries!
Fermented drinks also exist. Have you heard about kefir or kombucha? This is also something I drink every day. I’m going to talk more about these drinks another time!
Need some inspiration? This recipe from the minimalistbaker on Kimchi is a keeper! Do you have any other good ideas, tips or tricks? Let me know!