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Fermented foods for weight loss

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Fermented foods are around for 4000 years and they have lots of health benefits. Not only do they contain beneficial bacteria, but also that can improve gut health and immunity, as well as they may also be helpful for weight loss.

In this article, we will explore the ways in which these foods can support weight loss and provide some examples of fermented foods to include in your diet.

Definition of fermented foods; – 

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of Lacto fermentation, which involves the use of beneficial bacteria and yeast to break down Sugars and starches in the food.

Additionally, This process produces lactic acid which helps to preserve the food and gives it tangy flavor.

For Example; – yogurt, Idli, Dosa, Dhokla, miso, tempeh.

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How can these foods aid in weight loss; –

(1) Fermented food can improve digestion; – They are rich in beneficial bacteria which can help to improve gut health.

Because, when your gut is healthy, you are better able to digest and absorb nutrients from your food, which can help to support weight loss.

(2) Fermented food can reduce inflammation; – Inflammation is a major contributor to weight gain and obesity. They contain beneficial bacteria(lactobacilli)that can help to reduce inflammation in the gut and throughout the body.

(3) Fermented foods can reduce cravings; – They can help to balance the good bacteria in your gut, which can help to reduce cravings.

Example;- sugar and other unhealthy foods.

In the same way, when your gut bacteria are out of balance, you may experience more cravings for unhealthy foods, which can lead to weight gain.

(4) Fermented food can boost metabolism; – In Some studies, the beneficial bacteria in the fermented food can help to boost metabolism.

These foods can help to support weight loss.

(5) Fermented foods provide multivitamins; – They include vitamin B12, Folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thymidine and vitamin K. These vitamins are essential for weight loss and properly functioning of body cells.

Why fermented foods are healthy?


The reason, Dosa,Idli and as well as dhoklas are so healthy is because they contain ground urad dal and rice. Rice and lentils together form a complete protein.

These combination has all 22 essential amino acids, which help to build lean mass.

Adding a little fenugreek to the rice and lentils while grinding.

Because, fenugreek seeds has a warming effect on your body, they helping with digestion.

Fermented foods are a delicious and healthy addition to any diet and they can be especially helpful for weight loss.

By including fermented foods in your diet, you can support your gut health.

Similarly, these foods can also help to lose weight at the same time.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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