Fermented Foods Questions
I guess fermentation is a sort of non heat based form of cooking. Heat eliminates toxic antinutrients and so do bacteria, so would bacterial fermentation be enough to convert toxic raw beans into a digestable food?
I made a batch of sauerkraut using half of a giant green cabbage and about 2 tablespoons of salt. For the first week or so of fermentation, the brine covered the cabbage, but just barely. I actually forgot about the sauerkraut, so I didn't... (more)
I have been eating sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables daily for a while now, and feel like it has really been helping me heal, but I'm going to Hawaii for a week and am concerned about not being able to keep this up while I'm gone. I... (more)
Is FCLO in fact actually rancid or toxic? (not due to vit. A content but due to the fermentation process) A calm analysis seems to show that FCLO recommendations come from subjective (though potentially valid in those cases) n=1 positive... (more)
I believe I have leaky gut syndrome and I've been trying to improve my gut health, namely by avoiding certain allergenic foods and taking probiotics. Often one is advised to also ingest Apple Cider Vinegar before every meal. My question... (more)
So we all know about kimchi, sauerkraut, etc. What are some other sources of good bacteria that we might not know so much about? I'm particularly interested in natto and koji, the bacteria used in miso. There's also shio-koji (literally... (more)
I accidentally left my bottle of Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil on the windowsill for about an hour. I'd say it was probably subjected to temps around 75 or 80 F. The bottle was about 1/4 full and the sun was shining on the top half of the... (more)
I recently stumbled on to this: http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/HEALING%20LIFESTYLE.htm He seems to advocate what is pretty much a Paleo diet, but with some differences. He's big on hair mineral analysis to fine-tune the diet, and coffee... (more)
Hello, Due to a medication I am on for severe depression (MAOI), I cannot eat many fermented foods (there is a life-threatening reaction with the medication) which include kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir. I'm new to Paleo eating, and have seen... (more)
I'm looking to make some homemade fermented foods to get the benefits of the probiotics they produce. However, I was wondering if it would be possible to expand the range of beneficial bugs that grow in it. For instance, say I made some... (more)
Before any kimchi-lovers tear me apart - I absolutely LOVE kimchi and think it is the best food on earth. However, I have read a great number of studies that indicate that fermented red pepper contributes to developing stomach cancer. I am not... (more)
Hey, I'm looking for the "basics" of fermented foods to help with leaky gut/digestive problems as a natural probiotic. What are your most basic fermented foods? I'm an egg free, potato-free, fruit-free, mostly nut-free, dairy-free paleo... (I... (more)
I dont even know where to start researching! What should I look for? Also I picked up a package of honeycomb. There was no indication if it had been processed in any way and I cannot think of a reason they would actually heat it?? Any way to... (more)
I cannot eat fermented foods, because every time I start eating them, I get addicted. For example, I made tons of pickles and I did not even let them finish fermenting! I ate pickles for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as if they were made of... (more)
My fellow paleohackers being experts on sourcing fermented foods, I was hoping that you guys might have knowledge on fermented fish or sugar-free smoked wild salmon that my family could use for GAPS stage 2. I have a history of failure with... (more)
Hmm, I order bottarga online, which you can just shave like parmesan cheese over anything. I got mine at gilt taste, but I have heard good things about http://www.cortezbottarga.com/. I also use Red Boat fish sauce on a lot of things. My friend... (more)
My first brew is on day 14 of its first fermentation and I will probably bottle tonight or tomorrow. I definitely want to flavor it somehow just haven't decided how! What are your favorite ways to flavor your homemade kombucha? (more)
Lately, I've really been pushing the proboitics and drinking water kefir like crazy (thanks Nance). But I need more fermented foods. What's everyone's current favorite? Right now, I'm totally digging these fermented ginger carrots from my local... (more)
Hey guys, I've become a fan of fermented foods in the past 4 months. I've been frequently drinking kombucha for more than a year, but I now started to implement kimchi, sauerkraut and daily homemade kefir to my diet. The problem is I developped... (more)
Garlic is supposed to be a natural remedy for many things. I have seen this garlic extract for sale that has been aged/fermented for 20 months. Since then, I have wondered if aging or fermenting garlic would enhance its benefits. When I buy... (more)
I'm just about finished 14 days on Flagyl, an antibiotic and IMHO the most unpleasant drug ever invented. The nausea alone... I was on a high dose, and my tongue has grown a white coating which I read is indicative of an overgrowth of Candida. ... (more)
Ouch! I'd go gently. Kombucha works for me and raw milk goats kefir (homemade.) I'd wait on any fiber until you are feeling ready. Make sure your D level is good, too.
Anyone have any insight on the level of probiotics in purchased sauerkraut versus home-made? I know that sauerkraut from a can is "dead" but what about Organic Sauerkraut (jarred) that I buy from a whole foods store? I know that nothing beats... (more)
"Raw" or "unheated" is what you're looking for. If it says "pasteurized" the microbes are gone. Glass is better than cans, but glass does not automatically mean unheated.
There are people who can digest raw food while the same foods in cooked form give them trouble (though it's usually the opposite). I suppose it's the natural enzymes in the raw foods that make the difference. So what happens to those enzymes... (more)
This is a gross simplification, but foods need not already contain the enzymes that digest their own tissues in order for us to digest them. Our salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and intestines produce the enzymes necessary for digestion, and... (more)
Recently I read an article by Ray Peat describing the almost limitless negative effects of lactic acid on the human body: http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/altitude-mortality.shtml Peat does not consume any fermented foods except cheese for this... (more)
I've been brewing my own kombucha (and occasionally purchasing the expensive flavored stuff) for a long time, but lately I've noticed that if I don't have a completely full belly when I down a glass I feel really drunk. Could this be a histamine... (more)
Women: How has a paleo diet affected your mentrual cycle?
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