Accompanying recipe: Dilled Red Radish, Carrot and Cauliflower Pickles
You probably know that quality yogurt and pickles are remarkably healthful fermented foods that aid digestion and strengthen your immune system. However, not everyone knows that pasteurization strips their superfood ranking. Pasteurization destroys fragile nutrients including lactic acid micro-flora. This is true for all fermented (cultured) foods including sauerkraut, kim chee, cheese, tempeh, miso and traditionally aged meats and fish.
It is remarkable–even magical–how living fermented foods enhance your health and well being. They:
* Increase antibodies that fight infectious disease.
* Strengthen the small intestine and help inhibit pathogenic organisms (such as E.coli, salmonella and yeast overgrowth).
* Create glutathione and superoxide dismustase antioxidants.
* Generate omega-3 fatty acids and GTF chromium.
* Make food more digestible and neutralize some anti-nutrients.
Plus, there’s flavor. Homemade pickles have a pleasing tart flavor with a mild tang and crisp texture. Commercial pickles are pasteurized and typically made with excess salt and cheap, acrid-tasting vinegar.
Due to our contemporary lifestyle, we need to augment our intestinal flora. Here’s why. Within hours of birth your gastrointestinal tract became populated with various desirable yeast, fungi and bacteria. They aid digestion, create nutrients and help maintain a strong immune system. Ideally, descendants of your original intestinal flora would still be thriving in your gut and helping keep you strong. Unfortunately, it is more probable that you’ve repeatedly killed them off by using:
Meat with antibiotic residues
Chemicals in foods
To rebuild your intestinal flora, avoid these toxins and enjoy naturally fermented and unpasteurized pickles and other cultured foods.. Also, to jump start the repopulation of your digestive assistants, consider taking an acidophilus supplement.
I do hope you’ll try the accompanying Dilled Red Radish, Carrot and Cauliflower Pickles recipe. It is easy and rewarding to get in the pickle habit. This recipe is a favorite of my students and their families.
May you be well nourished!