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Enzymes, Probiotics, and Raw Cultured Foods Play a Significant Role in Health and Healing

A key component to a raw foods diet is cultured food. Cultured foods are foods which have been transformed by probiotics and good bacteria to make a live enzyme-rich product.

For instance, cucumbers can be transformed into pickles. Coconuts can be transformed into yogurt. Ginger can be transformed into a soft drink. These foods help promote good digestion and repopulate the gut flora, leading to a strengthened immune system and better quality of life.

If you’re interested in culturing foods, Andrew has done much of this in his life. Contact and he will point you in the right direction. He also provides workshops on the subject, so ask him if he can offer one near you!

When you are eating cultured foods, you will want to eat them unpasteurized and uncooked to get the most benefit. I strongly recommend that you never eat canned cultured food as the acidic nature of the food leaches toxic chemicals out of the can. Besides, canned kraut tastes nowhere near as good as fresh. Here is an excellent article on the benefits of raw sauerkraut.

Culturing foods is really easy to do. All you need to make cultured veggies is a container, salt, and the veggies. The Perfect Pickler that you see in this video is available here.

It’s also easy to make yogurt. Here is chef Elaina Love making yogurt out of young coconut meat.

We strongly recommend the book Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz. It's really indispensible for someone who is getting into fermentation. Click here for information on these two indispensible pieces of the fermenting kitchen.

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