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Probiotic Foods for Good Health
By Beatrice Trum Hunter

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Probiotic Foods for Good Health
By Beatrice Trum Hunter
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Basic Health Publications)
ISBN: 9781458746320
Genre: Health, Cooking

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - May 14, 2010

Have you ever eaten yoghurt, fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured buttermilk, or sourdough bread? If so, you've eaten probiotic foods - and may not even have known you were doing so! Probiotic foods are foods that have live cultures (microorganisms) added to them, usually to promote fermentation. These live microorganisms have numerous, and proven, healthful benefits that range from lowering cholesterol and improving intestinal health to stimulating the immune system and helping to prevent arthritis. In addition to their nutritional benefits, fermentation also helps to increase the variety of foods that we have available for consumption - and they simply taste good. In Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other beneficial Fermented Foods, Beatrice Trum Hunter has compiled an informative and helpful guide to the world of probiotic foods. This book takes the reader from the very basics - such as what, exactly, probiotic foods are to the benefits and drawbacks of probiotic supplements. She also explores the history of probiotic and fermented foodstuffs and the various forms that they take throughout the world.

Within the pages of this essential guide, Hunter explains why probiotic foods are so good for you - and the various medical and scientific studies that have more than proven this fact. She also takes you on a tour of the various foodstuffs that you will find on your grocery shelves that claim to have probiotic benefits - during this tour she examines which claims are valid, which are not, and how you can learn to evaluate such claims on your own.

The text is organized into three main parts. Part One, covers the history and befits of fermented foods. Part Two covers Yogurt and other Fermented Milk Products and Part Three is devoted to Fermented Non-Dairy Foods such as fermented vegetables and grains. Many of the products that she discusses in this book you will be familiar with, such as Tofu, Miso, and Soy Sauce, but also be prepared to discover a wealth of fermented foods that you might never have heard of before, including Sufu, Idli, Ontjom, Kvass, Rejuvelac, Kombucha, Shoyu, Natto, Kisk, Kumiss, Ymer, Skyr, Taette, Piimä, Kefir, and many more. Along the way, Hunter also explains how to make many of these products in your own home, including tips on how to make a sourdough starter, homemade yoghurt cheese, and how to ferment your morning's porridge.

Beatrice Trum Hunter is an accomplished writer who has written nearly thirty food related books that range from cookbooks to books on gardening. She is also an authority on whole foods and is considered one of the leading food experts in the United States. She brings her years of experience and in-depth knowledge about food to the writing of this book, creating an eye opening and informative guide to the wholesome world of probiotic foods that will forever change how you think about microorganisms (they're not all bad) and how easily you can improve your nutrition and overall health just by adding a few fermented foods to your diet. There is a lot more to probiotics than just yoghurt, and Probiotic Foods for Good Health will serve as your guide to the benefits of these often overlooked and under consumed foods!

Probiotic Foods for Good Health is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.

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