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Fermented foods are foods where bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food through a process of lacto-fermentation creating lactic acid and making food more digestible and its nutrients easier to absorb. These foods have been eaten for centuries throughout the world. Foods such as sauerkraut in Germany and kimchi in Korea are examples of fermented foods. In India, yogurt and vegetable pickles, two most common fermented foods are eaten at almost every meal to aid in digestion and to add to the flavor of the meal. Only a small amount is eaten as large quantities of fermented foods are discouraged and can cause bloating or an upset stomach.
Kanji is a fermented drink, widely made in India which helps gut flora proliferate to support overall health, and reducing inflammation, increasing serotonin levels and supporting the nervous and immune systems. A reasonable serving of Kanji is around 1/2 a cup. It makes a refreshing drink and has an added benefit of mustard seed which is a potent anti-inflammatory spice.