How Eating Idlis Regularly Can Keep You Healthy ?

idli photoFermented food like idli and dosas have been a part of the staple diet of Indians, especially those belonging to south Indian states. Recently there has been a lot of research showing efficacy of fermented food in keeping your body healthy.  Recently WebMD published an article on fermented foods.

“If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food scientist Robert Hutkins, PhD, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose lab focuses on the link between fermented foods and human health.

An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms make a home in your gut, and they play a big, though not yet fully understood, role in your health. They influence metabolism and the immune system, and they may be involved in the development of colorectal cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

During fermentation, live bacteria break down food components such as sugar, making it easier for you to digest and absorb its nutrients.

Fermentation also can boost the nutritional value of certain foods. In some cases, it can produce a variety of B vitamins in foods that did not contain them before they were fermented.

What are the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Researchers have also studied fermented foods’ effect on gut problems. One study found that fermented milk eased symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, possibly due to beneficial changes in gut bacteria that such foods bring.

  • Traditional fermented foods help balance the production of stomach acid. Fermented foods have the unique ability to ease digestive discomfort related to having either too much or too little stomach acid. When the production of hydrochloric acid by the stomach is low, fermented foods help increase the acidity of gastric juices.
  • Traditional fermented foods are beneficial for people with diabetes. In addition to improving pancreatic function, which is of great benefit to diabetics, the carbohydrates in lactic acid–fermented foods have been broken down or “pre-digested.” As a result, they do not place an extra burden on the pancreas, unlike ordinary carbohydrates.
  • Absorb Food Better– Having the proper balance of gut bacteria and enough digestive enzymes helps you absorb more of the nutrients in the foods you eat. Pair this with your healthy real food diet, and you will absorb many more nutrients from the foods you eat. You won’t need as many supplements and vitamins, and you’ll be absorbing more of the live nutrients in your foods.
  • Reduced constipation or diarrhea and improvement of inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Prevention of allergies in children, including the alleviation of peanut allergy when giving probiotics in conjunction with oral immunotherapy.

Fermentation also can boost the nutritional value of certain foods. In some cases, it can produce a variety of B vitamins in foods that did not contain them before they were fermented.

Due to refrigeration, natural fermentation of food has become practically zero. So we need to eat food thats fermented as a process to make them, like yogurt, idlis and dosas. Earlier, fresh vegetables weren’t as readily available throughout the year, they were often preserved through fermentation. So but now even those are available all through out the year.

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