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Frequency For Fermented Foods

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I'm wondering how frequently fermented or pro-biotic foods should be consumed. I'm thinking of kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and the like. Say I intake such items only occasionally (i.e., not regularly)...would that negate any positive effects long term? I do feel a difference immediately after consuming (positive feeling), but I don't make my own fermented foods/drinks and it becomes expensive to invest in a kombucha every day or two.

Any points for scattering alliteration in this post?

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on July 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

For those experienced with making improvements in their diets and lifestyles, placebo still comes into play. But it becomes way less important than say for a a newbie or for someone who has been sold something. Kombucha has also been amazing for me.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

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on June 04, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I started making my own kombucha because I wanted to have it as more than an occasional splurge. Now I drink 16 oz every day and it makes me feel amazing. I don't know how much of of that is placebo effect, but I'm not complaining.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:32 AM

you don't even have to buy a scoby. I started mine with about half a bottle of storebought kombucha.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Good point. Bubbie's is prolly the most widely available and it's unpastuerized and cheap. Also, damn tasty. SF power.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I think it's only a matter of getting used to it. For me I've been eating kimchi daily for years and I really enjoy it with dinner daily. I think if you just start daily from zero though your guts would have to aclimate a bit.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I ordered a Harsch fermentation crock yesterday, so I'll soon be making my own sauerkraut. By all accounts it is very easy to make.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I am making my own kimchi for the first time today! I know no one asked but still wanted to share.

D811808d3bfa5aebc7a1bd971fb6375b

on May 21, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I just buy Bubbie's or Farmhouse sauerkraut in the refrigerated section. Both are unpasteurised and don't break the bank.

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:21 PM

You probably can't get this as it is only distributed in western canada and Minnesota, but you can check their website http://kisselcabbage.com/ unpasturized fermented cabbage

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:09 PM

If it's cheap and it doesn't explicitly say that it's raw I bet it's not fermented. The commercial sauerkrauts I've seen that have been fermented have been very expensive.

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:03 PM

i'll give you a +1 also for the alliterive k's.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:01 PM

freecycle may be a good source of free scobies and kefir grains. It's a good source in Santa Fe, where people are into these things.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:47 PM

I drink homemade kefir every day and sometimes several times per day. It does not seem to do me any harm whatsoever. Although we have not evolved to eat kefir, kefir was evolved by loving families to be eaten by human beings.

1175bfbf5637c9d47f541316912f8d42

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Not sure on the pasteurization of the product. The label just says: "Ingredients: Cabbage, Water, Salt", but you do bring up a good point worth looking in to. According to my experience though, digestion has improved with a daily dose of this sauerkraut, the best part is it's cheap and can be found at any grocery store.

85178e006119b00322a2401c494dd3a4

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I was under the impression that commercial sauerkraut was pasteurized and lacked actual probiotics. Is that not the case with Frank's?

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1175bfbf5637c9d47f541316912f8d42

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:52 PM

I buy a simple jar of Frank's Sauerkraut, just the plain kraut though, the polish or bavarian style have some added sugars. It's only a few bucks and lasts me a week when taken daily. It's tasty and I feel much better when eating it on a regular basis. You could always make your own sauerkraut too, but this is much easier.

A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

(1208)

on May 21, 2012
at 05:21 PM

You probably can't get this as it is only distributed in western canada and Minnesota, but you can check their website http://kisselcabbage.com/ unpasturized fermented cabbage

1175bfbf5637c9d47f541316912f8d42

(135)

on May 21, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Not sure on the pasteurization of the product. The label just says: "Ingredients: Cabbage, Water, Salt", but you do bring up a good point worth looking in to. According to my experience though, digestion has improved with a daily dose of this sauerkraut, the best part is it's cheap and can be found at any grocery store.

85178e006119b00322a2401c494dd3a4

(644)

on May 21, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I was under the impression that commercial sauerkraut was pasteurized and lacked actual probiotics. Is that not the case with Frank's?

D811808d3bfa5aebc7a1bd971fb6375b

on May 21, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I just buy Bubbie's or Farmhouse sauerkraut in the refrigerated section. Both are unpasteurised and don't break the bank.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on May 21, 2012
at 05:09 PM

If it's cheap and it doesn't explicitly say that it's raw I bet it's not fermented. The commercial sauerkrauts I've seen that have been fermented have been very expensive.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 22, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I ordered a Harsch fermentation crock yesterday, so I'll soon be making my own sauerkraut. By all accounts it is very easy to make.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 22, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Good point. Bubbie's is prolly the most widely available and it's unpastuerized and cheap. Also, damn tasty. SF power.

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A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

on May 21, 2012
at 04:20 PM

I am currrently brewing Kombucha and water kefir. I just sarted both and have done it a few years ago too. It's pretty easy once you have the scoby and grains which you can often find on craigslist depending where you are. As for the amount I'm not totally sure, but i will be taking it slow at first to see how my body reacts. Something like an ounce or two

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on May 21, 2012
at 05:01 PM

freecycle may be a good source of free scobies and kefir grains. It's a good source in Santa Fe, where people are into these things.

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:58 PM

At least Daily, if not more, as tolerated. Koreans eat kimchi with every meal. You can mix your ferments, like yogurt for breakfast, sauerkraut for lunch, afternoon Kombucha, and kimchi with dinner.

Once you get a SCOBY, kombucha is incredibly easy to make.

You will still get benefits if you consume less, but eat as much as you want.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on May 21, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I am making my own kimchi for the first time today! I know no one asked but still wanted to share.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on May 23, 2012
at 12:32 AM

you don't even have to buy a scoby. I started mine with about half a bottle of storebought kombucha.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

(370)

on June 04, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I started making my own kombucha because I wanted to have it as more than an occasional splurge. Now I drink 16 oz every day and it makes me feel amazing. I don't know how much of of that is placebo effect, but I'm not complaining.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

(1439)

on July 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

For those experienced with making improvements in their diets and lifestyles, placebo still comes into play. But it becomes way less important than say for a a newbie or for someone who has been sold something. Kombucha has also been amazing for me.

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

(1118)

on June 04, 2012
at 04:24 AM

I munch on fork fills of sauerkraut and kimchi in the kitchen whenever I'm cooking. I don't know what the best answer to your question is though...I think we're still learning a lot about how such probiotics work. I recently heard on Chris Kresser podcast that regular consumption of probiotic foods doesn't actually increase the amount in your body...that amount is fairly constant so it's the regular introduction of these foods to your gut that has positive benefits so eat it regularly.

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