Learn When to Eat Fermented Foods and Try Them at Nourish
We are big fans of fermented foods for their gut-health-boosting properties and the hit of tangy, sour flavor they bring to a meal. A little bit of fermented food, regularly consumed, goes a long way — both in terms of flavor and health benefits. But when to eat fermented foods? Should they be eaten at breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, and in what quantities? Keep reading our article to learn about when to eat fermented foods, and why. Then visit us in Downtown Northampton to try fermented foods on the menu at Nourish!
Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods
Fermented foods have been consumed by cultures around the world for thousands of years. Recently, the consumption of fermented foods has been shown to promote health of the digestive tract — specifically the affect they have on the bacteria and microorganisms that live there. According to Harvard Medical School, these tiny creatures are being linked by researchers to myriad health conditions including neurodegenerative diseases and obesity.
“Fermented foods are preserved using an age-old process that not only boosts the food’s shelf life and nutritional value, but can give your body a dose of healthy probiotics, which are live microorganisms crucial to healthy digestion, says Dr. David S. Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.” – Source: Harvard Medical School
When to Eat Fermented Foods
Fermented foods can be taken as a condiment with every meal. If you are new to eating fermented foods, start off with one tablespoon per day consumed with other foods, and see how you feel. Fermented foods are sour and heating to the body. They increase saliva flow and stimulate digestion. Too much fermented food can be too heating and stimulating for some constitutions. Others will find that larger amounts of fermented foods work great for them. So start off slow and notice the effects.
On the Menu
We serve a number of fermented condiments at Nourish. We now ferment our Ginger Carrots, Sauerkraut, and Cashew Cheese in-house, and serve fermented beets from local makers Real Pickles. We also serve our Granola Bowl with local yogurt — one of the most popular fermented foods out there! Browse our menu to see where these fermented ingredients appear in our dishes. Now that you know when to eat fermented foods, come in and try them for yourself!
“Stopped in for lunch and on the suggestion of the person at the register, decided to get two toasts to fill my belly. Had the Garden and the Cheesy with fermented beets (also the staff’s recommendation)… The Cheesy with fermented beets OH MY LAWD. I practically moaned with every single bite it was sooo good. The beets were the perfect balance of tangy and sweet and the cheese was SO creamy and they complimented each other beautifully.” – Kait S. on Yelp
Sources for This Article:
Fermented Foods for Better Gut Health – Harvard Medical School