Probiotic Foods For Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, And Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Authors: Beatrice Trum Hunter
Publisher: Basic Health Publications
Keywords: beneficial, fermen, sauerkraut, yogurt, foods, health, probiotic
Pages: 218
Published: 2008-12-30
Language: English
Category: Nutrition, Health, Mind & Body,
ISBN-10: 1591202175     ISBN-13: 9781591202172
Binding: Paperback (1st edition)
List Price: 18.95 USD
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Probiotics (“for life”) are fermented foods cultured by beneficial microorganisms. Probiotic foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut are the most familiar. There are many more, enjoyed for centuries in different parts of the world, but largely unknown in the United States. I is time to become acquainted with them and to use them for their benefits.

Fermented foods have values beyond their original states. Fermentation increases some nutrients, gives foods a tasty zing, and keeps them well without preservatives. Fermented foods support the immune system. The beneficial bacteria in fermented foods help keep the digestive tract healthy and protect against virulent pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. The typical American diet makes the body vulnerable to these infections. The problem is compounded by our over-reliance on antibiotics and our increasing resistance to them. Unfortunately, antibiotics kill the beneficial microorganisms along with the pathogens. Probiotic foods can prevent or alleviate many health disorders—ranging from allergy and asthma to yeast infection and heart disease—that result from foodborne infections and antibiotic resistance.

In Probiotic Foods for Good Health, you will learn about the special nutritional and therapeutic features of traditional probiotic foods. You will learn about the special contributions of yogurt and other fermented milk products. Yo will become an enlightened consumer, able t choose wisely among these food products that, through commercialization, have undergone extreme modifications. You will learn about fermented foods based on vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Yes, there are vegetables other than cabbage that can be fermented! Although probiotic supplements may be useful, this book focuses mainly on probiotic foods

Probiotic Foods for Good Health discusses in detail more than forty types of fermented foods. It provides you with practical information about reliable sources for fermented foods, at-home starter cultures, and shopping tips. Fermented foods are nutritious, add variety, and can fit easily into your daily diet. Above all, they are health promoting.

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