“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”Lewis Grizzard
There is a cultured Green Tomato dish on the market, made by Bubbies pickles, that is fermented. They had it analyzed for probiotics and they sent the results (65,000,000+) to me when I asked. They don’t use added cultures like Cutting Edge Cultures as I do, which means that my cultured tomatoes have significantly more probiotics than their cultured tomatoes. My dish has at least this many, and possibly millions to billions more, probiotics. I have seen the science behind the Cutting Edge veggie starter culture that cultures my veggies, and it is pretty amazing. The only way I culture my veggies now is by incorporating Cutting Edge Veggie Starter. Using this starter culture will add billions of probiotics to your cultured foods. Cultured food is always more effective than probiotic pills because the food gives the probiotics a protective halo that helps them survive the harsh stomach acids. To read more about this, you can go here: Cultured Foods Stronger Than Supplements
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I have a diverse group of people who subscribe and are members of my site. They have very different diets but are adding cultured foods to enhance what they’re doing. I’ve discovered that consuming cultured foods is one of the keys to living an incredibly healthy life. Not only have I experienced this, but others are recognizing this as well.
I have stacks and stacks of books in my house on health and wellness. For years and years, I was on a never-ending search to find the key to positive health and wellness. I researched and experimented with literally every diet out there. Many years ago, I remembered reading that the Japanese had a very high life expectancy and were one of the healthiest groups of people. I tried to replicate their diet with disastrous results. I didn’t understand the key components. I thought it was the soy in their diet and started consuming tons of it. Soy milk, soy proteins and soy legumes. Soy foods contain natural plant compounds (called isoflavones) that appear to work like hormones, and what I found during those few months I was consuming soy was that my thyroid slowed down. When I eliminated the soy, my thyroid returned to its normal state. Years later, I found out that the Japanese mostly eat fermented soy. This eliminates all of the problems in un-fermented soy. After years of study and trying so many different diets, I discovered that if I ate real, whole foods and added cultured foods to my diet, everything got better. We are all so different – I never want to tell someone that they have to eat exactly as I do, but I am happy to tell you that cultured foods fit into any diet. It can be raw, Paleo, vegetarian, you name it. These foods can help everybody by enhancing any diet.
Michael Pollan, who has written many wonderful books on food and diet, suggested that a lack of fermented foods is one of the most notable differences between the Western diet and all other successful diets throughout history. This is something I, too, have found. Throughout many of the healthy diets in the world, cultured foods were a must and consumed every day. These diets were diverse, but each of them have had their own unique cultured foods, often being consumed at every meal. I consume cultured foods every day and have found that if I don’t, I suffer with food cravings, digestion problems, addictions, joint pain, and I just don’t feel like myself. Cultured foods are my personal trainers. They have taught me what to eat and how to experience wellness day to day. I have also found that if I eat The Trilogy (kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables) as a meal, I can go many, many hours and not be hungry. It’s like putting high octane fuel in my tank and it seems to work incredibly well for me. Most days I do this before noon, and it is one of my secrets for being more productive and more energetic every day.
You can make all kinds of cultured foods to add to your diet, but what I eat quite often is cultured tomato dishes. The dish that follows is super easy and one I serve a lot at my cultured food classes. Tomatoes are super foods all by themselves, but when you ferment them, they become a Biotic Super Food – times ten! Adding just a spoonful at a meal will help you digest your meal and you’ll receive more nutrients from the foods you consume with it. You will receive a lot of benefits from a couple spoonfuls – this is how cultured foods work. They have billions of probiotics in them and they are anxious to do their job. They’ll help you receive more benefits from your food than you would ever have without them. You can’t see these little microbes, but they know what to do and they are mighty, all 65,000,000+ of them!