Fermented Foods

Why is everyone talking about probiotics and fermented foods? Because they’re literally alive with health benefits.

Fermented foods are buzzing with bacteria known as probiotics, which grow during the fermentation process. Eating them helps friendly micro-organisms called gut flora proliferate in your digestive tract, creating an inner ecosystem that supports your immune system, your metabolism, and normal gut functions.

Plus, they’re packed with powerful bioactive peptides, which can lower blood pressure to help manage cardiovascular disease. Some bioactive peptides have anti-carcinogenic properties. Others offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic effects.

Sauerkraut not your thing? That’s okay. Yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi, tempeh, sourdough, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha all give you the health advantages – and the zesty flavor – while still being delicious low-calorie snacks or recipe ingredients, especially for vegan and low-carb eaters.

Here are a few of the fun fermented products our specialists are loving right now:

· Firefly Kitchen Ferments and Krauts –made here in Seattle with vegetables from organic farms, supporting Washington farmers

· Biora Kombucha Salad Dressings and Vinegars—rich, flavorful, and turbocharged with probiotic powers

· Le Fermiere yogurts—creamy, all-natural French yogurts with a texture unlike any other you’ve tasted

· Grace Harbor Kefir—made by a family farm in Custer, WA, known for their all-natural cream-top dairy products, made with care and passion passed down through generations.

Shop these and more from your local T&C Market. And be sure and check out our Talk & Taste Event with Julie O’Brien, founder of Firefly Kitchens, one of our favorite fermented food friends.

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