Did you know that delicious cultured foods such as yogurt can support your overall health? These amazing foods contain living microorganisms that enhance the food’s flavor, digestibility and nutritional value.
These beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or fungi help to break down more difficult to digest nutrients like gluten, sugars, raw vegetables and legumes, to make them more digestible. Many cultured foods are rich sources of enzymes that enhance digestive function.
Using cultured foods in your diet can also have great benefits for women’s health. Based on medical research, they decrease your risk of breast cancer, vaginal and urinary tract health, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease and promote better nutrient absorption and healthier immunity. The probiotics found in cultured foods also assist in regulating and keeping estrogen levels in healthy balance.
Examples of cultured foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir (a beverage made from cow’s milk), olives, pickles, pickled raw vegetables, vinegar, sourdough bread and buttermilk. Nondairy cultured yogurts are also available in health food stores including soy, coconut and almond based yogurts, which are made with live probiotic cultures to assist in healthy digestion. Probiotics contained in these foods can also benefit the health of your children.