It seems like every year the health world trots out a new superfood.
One year it’s kale.
The next year it’s chia seeds.
Or flax tops the list.
And every year, people gobble this information up… along with the latest fad food.
The only way to save yourself is to eat more kale! (Or is it broccoli this year?)
It doesn’t make any sense that a single food can stave off all disease. Or somehow last year’s superfood is no longer as super because there’s a new belle of the ball.
About the only thing you can count on is many “superfoods” aren’t always super fun to eat.
Now I think sometimes the superfood crazes are kind of silly. But this year, the number one superfood is a bit of surprise.
First because it actually tastes good… and second because it really does help prevent a bunch of different age-related ailments.
The thing is, this year’s top superfood isn’t actually a food. It’s a type of food preparation.
Fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, and tempeh.
Flavorful foods — a little too flavorful for some palates — that pack in some surprising health benefits.
Fermentation is hardly new. It’s been used around the world for centuries (or longer) as a way to preserve food.
Friendly bacteria and enzymes are a welcome by-product of the process.
So, when you eat fermented foods, you give your gut a good dose of healthy bacteria. The kind that promote a healthy immune system, and sound digestion.
And when your digestion’s working right… everything else tends to fall in line.
Different strains of bacteria found in fermented foods have proven to provide all sorts of benefits.
Some lower blood pressure.
Others help regulate blood sugar levels.
Or fight inflammation.
Scientists are still getting clear on all the benefits of fermented foods, but at first glance… there are a lot.
There’s even a link between fermented foods and better brain health. Studies have found they can lower stress, improve memory, and increase cognitive function.
Who knew pickled cabbage could do so much?
Just to be clear, no single food is going to magically protect and preserve your good health as you age.
For that, you need a well-rounded diet that’s got lots of good quality protein, healthy fats, and a good variety of fruits and vegetables.
You also need to drink enough water, stay active, and get good sleep. And don’t forget about having fun. That’s important too.
But enjoying a serving or two of sauerkraut during the week certainly isn’t going to do any harm.
It might do you a lot of good… and it’s a welcome change from kale. Though it’s not going to work in my morning smoothie…
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance