Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fermented foods - cure for type 2 diabetes and more

Cheese is said to boost immunity, fight allergies and even help you lose weight
We have been depending upon normal drugs for years to cure ourselves of allergies, cough, cold or even type 2 diabetes  But we never looked towards food as a means of cure for our illness and unwellness.

Now here is a breakthrough - fermented foods - left to age for anything from a few days to weeks before they're eaten - can cure diseases much easier and quicker than ordinary drugs do.

In fact with the breakthrough, it has become fashionable in USA to ferment vegetables and drink kombucha - a fizzy, fermented tea drunk for centuries in China. 

A research at Cambridge University asserts that regular consumption of fermented low-fat dairy foods, such as yoghurt, fromage frais and cottage cheese, could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 25 per cent over 11 years.

The study shows that When certain foods are left to ferment, they are 'pre-digested' by good bacteria and yeast found naturally on the surface of the food. These microbes eat the food before you do, breaking down the sugars and starches and making the nutrients easier for the body to absorb.

Some also release lactic acid, a natural preservative, which acidifies the environment in the gut, stimulating the growth of good bacteria. The fermented food effectively becomes a natural probiotic supplement.

Bacteria's role in health has attracted much attention in recent years and experts welcome the new interest in 'living' foods, as fermented food is also known.

It may be added that idea of eating fermented yoghurt and cheese is not new. A study by immunologists at Spain's University of Granada - published in 2006 in the Journal of Dairy Research - looked at people who ate at least five portions of yoghurt and cheese, and three other fermented foods such as cured meats and olives, each week. 

Read more about fermented foods and the wonder these can produce at Mail Online

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Zaffariqbal Durrani said...

Good post. Thank you for sharing. (*_*)