The Roger Post: "Highly Fermented."
In the wake of a "super salmonella outbreak" affecting thousands of pounds of chicken, some sold at Costco and Kroger stores, I decided to take another look at fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, natto and Korean kimchi, that fermented mash-up of vegetables, garlic, peppers and fish juice that has been credited as preventing swine flu and the Asian bird flu SARS.
The power of fermented foods
Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, yogurt and other fermented foods contain probiotics, the "good" bacteria that battle the bad in your gut as well as lactic acid that is said to be good for digestion.
The Journal of Applied Microbiology published a very favorable report on probiotics and fermented foods that found many health benefits in overcoming diseased causing bacteria.
Kimchi: a health superfood that is packed with anti-oxidants, minerals, garlic and healthy probiotic bacteria.
The health benefits of kimchi are said to derive mostly from its fermented nature. The garlic in the recipe is also credited with being a healthy detoxifier. Previous reports have anecdotally found kimchi to be helpful in preventing swine flu and SARS (bird flu) virus.
To sum up: Probiotics, garlic and fermented foods for better health.
Some people use the term "pickled" and "fermented" interchangeably, but not all pickled foods are fermented and vice versa. Fermented is generally the one you want to go with for the health benefit we are talking about.
Beware of the sodium levels however. Many fermented foods also pack a lot of salt.
Nothing like a German sounding disease to really scare the Hell out of you. According to dailyfinance.com, the current October 2013 offending antibiotic resistant superbug variety salmonella heidelberg, comes from "infected birds largely produced by California-based Foster Farms, a chicken processing company...
It has been sold under a variety of names and in a variety of forms. Costco, for example, has recalled thousands of pounds of rotisserie chicken, rotisserie chicken parts, chicken soups, wings, and other products -- many of which were sold under its in-house Kirkland brand. Kroger (KR) has also had massive recalls."