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It it possible to overconsume fermented foods?

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Created November 01, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Since delving into Michael Allen Smith's CriticalMAS blog, and some posts at Seth Roberts' blog, I've started incorporating more fermented foods into my diet. Previously I would take a lactobacillus supplement daily, with occasional yogurt or sauerkraut. Now, I'm drinking Apple Cider Vinegar-laced seltzer, kombucha, and kefir daily. I find myself fantasizing about miso soup.

Is this my body telling me it's been missing these foods all along? Or am I developing an addiction that I need to pull back from?

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:23 AM

well im making my own kraut now and it will be ready in about 5 days. Do I need to add a culture starter?

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Make sure it isn't pasteurized.

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on November 16, 2011
at 04:10 PM

drink ACV with a straw to avoid this, and not over extended periods of time. Drink it all in one go.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Yes, the [Weston Price Foundation](http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/bodacious-beverages) web site has a nice article about fermented beverages.

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:06 PM

There is a large amount of histamine in many fermented foods (see this Paleohacks post for more information/resources... http://paleohacks.com/questions/16088/blurry-vision-and-dairy-cheese/77099#77099 )

Too much histamine, especially in the context of preexisting digestive abnormalities (intestinal damage from gluten->gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, etc.) can cause a host of issues.

Individual tolerance (ability to clear excess histamine) varies, so a healthy individual with no issues (such as in the case of the cultures studied by Weston A. Price) are likely able to enjoy fermented foods with much more regularity that an American just coming off the SAD.

Yeast content would be another consideration, and tracks many of the same variables as histamine tolerance (i.e. being in good health and having a solid microbiome/population of gut bacteria would allow more yeast consumption).

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on November 16, 2011
at 05:57 PM

List a food that can NOT be over consumed, and I will show you a very short list.

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on November 01, 2011
at 09:22 PM

careful with Apple Cider vinegar and tooth enamel

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on November 16, 2011
at 04:10 PM

drink ACV with a straw to avoid this, and not over extended periods of time. Drink it all in one go.

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on November 02, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I've read that these foods were traditionally eaten as condiments. Perhaps the Weston Price website for more info?

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Yes, the [Weston Price Foundation](http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/bodacious-beverages) web site has a nice article about fermented beverages.

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on March 05, 2013
at 07:45 PM

What is a good guideline for your first time eating fermented food (kraut)?

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:23 AM

well im making my own kraut now and it will be ready in about 5 days. Do I need to add a culture starter?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on March 05, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Make sure it isn't pasteurized.

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:51 PM

I imagine if you can over do drinking WATER, that anything not in moderation could be an issue...just basic life rule...

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