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What is Coconut Kefir?

Are you interested to consuming more fermented food products?

Have you/Are you eliminating dairy, soy, gluten and other allergens from your life?

Fermented foods are “Alive” and provide you with living active probiotics that are important for the health of you gut, digestive & immune system and overall health and you can be certain you are actually consuming the “good bacteria,” as opposed to supplements in pill/powder form which has no guarantee that you are getting any benefit at all, no matter what it says on the bottle, as it is not food and is not living. Don’t waste your money on these products and instead consume cultured foods like: miso, tempeh, soy sauce, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, kvass, etc.

Learn more about Coconut Kefir from GT’s Living Foods in the video review I did on my youtube channel. Their products are truly some of the purest on the planet!

GT’s Living Foods – Part 2: CocoKefir™

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Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence by Herbal Papaya

Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence
by Herbal Papaya

http://www.herbalpapaya.com

Don’t let overindulgence get you down this holiday season! If you can’t resist the excess, follow these tips to find a healthy balance again in your life.

We always recommend moderation as the best course of action for most aspects in life, but the holidays are a difficult time not to indulge, unless you have self-control of steel.

We’re not here to judge anyone for what they want to indulge in this holiday season. Instead, we’d like to help you out if you happen to go a little overboard at that holiday work party coming up.

We’re only human and it happens to the strictest of us, but it’s important to focus on what to do once the damage is done. Don’t make indulgence a habit, but be proactive about owning up to it and supporting your body through the worst.

Why, might you ask, is our digestive system such an important component to our health? Well besides feeling crummy after indulging in too rich or too much food, a healthy digestive system is the key to longevity and preventing degenerative issues later in life from a buildup of toxins.

If you’re just unable to resist another serving of your favorite holiday foods (for the 3rd time today), never fear! We have you covered to get you back on track and ready for the new year, feeling healthier and happier than ever.

Herbal Tea

Avoiding caffeine and hitting the herbal tea can be one of the best ways to support your immune system and flush out the bad toxins in your body.

Mint, chamomile, and lemon grass teas are especially great for a variety of health benefits, but most importantly, they all aid your digestive system in some way.

Herbal teas are also a good way to increase your hydration, but make sure to also be drinking more water on a regular basis around the holidays if you’re prone to overeating or drinking alcohol excessively.

Papaya Seeds

Sometimes what you need after a night or week of indulgence is a complete detox. Papaya seeds are a smart choice for liver detoxification after one too many mulled wines, hot toddies, or glasses of champagne.

In addition to their liver cleansing capabilities, papaya seeds are also great for digestion because they’re high in the natural enzyme, papain.

Green Smoothies/Juices

Speaking of detox, green smoothies and juices are another option to consider for cleansing out your system. They not only help with digestion and moving toxins out of your body, but replenish you with a variety of helpful and important nutrients.

Get creative and try your own version of a green smoothie, mixing and matching a few of the best ingredients for digestion, such as pineapples, ginger, parsley, avocados, lemon juice, celery, spinach, flax seeds, and cucumbers.

Natural Enzymes

Pineapples and papayas are perfect digestion aids due to their rich natural enzymes in the form of bromelain and papain, respectively. They are both important enzymes for breaking down the nutrients that our daily food intake provides us with.

Focusing on finding the best natural enzymes to help with digestion can provide relief from issues such as gas, stomachaches, and even constipation and diarrhea.

Fiber-Rich Foods

A lot of holiday type meals lack a very important piece to a heathy digestive tract – fiber! Without fiber your digestive system actually slows down and it takes longer for foods, and the toxins that may come with them, to get through your body.

Get your fill of fiber-rich foods during and after the holidays to keep your digestive tract at optimal health. Fiber-rich foods include bran, beans, berries, sweet peas, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, squash, wholesome whole grains, and a variety of every day fruits.

Ginger

As you may have noticed from a lot of our articles, ginger is a very powerful addition to any healthy diet. Ginger is great for digestion because it speeds up the journey of food from the stomach to the small intestine. It is also known for balancing gastric juices.

Ginger is the perfect remedy if you suffer from bloating issues, intestinal gas, or a regular upset stomach from rich foods.

Fermented Foods

The big secret to why fermented foods are a great comeback for digestive health after the holidays is because of the stress that comes with the season.

Stress is horrible for digestion. It actually has the power to destroy the healthy bacteria in your large intestine. If you’re prone to stress around this time of the year, think about taking a probiotic supplement, or even better, eating a few fermented foods on a regular basis.

Plain yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi are great to add to your diet for increasing the amount of healthy bacteria in your system.

Work Out

This suggestion is perhaps one of the more obvious ones, but working out is always a great response to bad eating habits and holiday-induced stress.

Working up a sweat not only helps your metabolism, but increases your energy levels and keeps your digestive system running smoothly.

If you just had a huge meal, don’t get out and immediately do strenuous exercise for the next hour. Instead, think about walking around the block instead of giving into the tryptophan drowsiness. By doing this you can reduce your chance of heartburn and support a speedy digestion while you’re at it.

What do you do to overcome holiday indulgence? How do you prefer to detox your body throughout the end of the year?

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Gut Health – from Yuri Elkaim and Hippocrates Health Institute

Foods to repopulate good bacteria in the gut from Yuri Elkaim
http://www.totalwellnessconsulting.ca

Is your gut infested with dangerous belly bugs?
Chances are that it is, especially considering the overuse of friendly bacteria-killing agents like chlorinated water, antibiotics, and high sugar foods.

These are all triggers that kill off good bacteria and provide a breeding ground for bad bacteria… ultimately leading to a condition called “dysbiosis” (or an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in your gut).

Why is this a problem?
First of all, 80% of your immune system resides around your gut and communicates directly with the bacteria within it.
Hundreds of studies have shown that dysbiosis creates a host of immune disorders and makes you more susceptible to frequent colds and infections, and even worse.

Second, bad bacteria are known to give off a deadly toxin called lipopolysaccharides (LPS). An unhealthy gut becomes a factory for LPS, which can then seap back into your blood stream and cause major damage throughout your body.

For example, LPS have been shown to:
* disrupt thyroid hormone activity, leading to low thyroid symptoms (no wonder, it’s hard to lose weight).
* create NEW fat cells (yes, new ones!). So unless you enjoy storing more fat, this is not good at all.
* increase your risk of insulin resistance (can you say “hello diabetes”?)

And more!
Needless to say, the health of your gut is paramount to your overall health.
Thankfully, I’ve come to your rescue again by hooking you up with 3 foods that repopulate more good bacteria into your gut and fight off those nasty, toxin-producing bad bacteria.

#1 – Kefir

Kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Kefir grains eat the sugar in a food, leaving behind a more nutritious probiotic-rich beverage because of the lactic acid and beneficial bacteria it adds.

#2 – Kombucha

Kombucha is an all-natural health beverage, made from fermented tea and a starter culture called a SCOBY. It’s chockfull of probiotics and other healthy amino acids. Brewing kombucha at home is a simple and rewarding process. If you can make a cup of tea, you can make kombucha.

#3 – Sauerkraut

Cultured veggies (like cabbage) are the ultimate enzyme-rich food and they’re loaded with natural probiotics as they undergo fermentation.

They are already predigested before you even eat them, which makes their digestion so much easier. The fermentation also enhances the nutrients found within by making them much more available to us. Sauerkraut goes amazingly well in salads.

The Power of Probiotics – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live in your gut. This includes things like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactic acid bacteria, Bifidobacteria, Bifidobacterium longum, and Escherichia coli to name just a few. Probiotics aid in digestion, help you synthesize and absorb nutrients from your food, and boost your immune system. When the digestive tract is healthy, these beneficial bacteria filter out and eliminate things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals, and other waste products. On the flip side, it takes in the things that our body needs (nutrients from food and water) and absorbs and helps deliver them to the cells where they are needed.

Probiotics also serve many other important functions such as:

Helping lower cholesterol
Helping lower blood pressure
Helps with allergies
Reducing inflammation
Managing urogenital health
Support the development and functioning of the gut

The majority of probiotics colonize in the large intestine. These living organisms form a neural network that is sometimes called your “second brain.” This neural network in your gut takes in information from your external environment and remains in constant communication with your first brain through your central nervous system helping it make decisions. Hence the term, “gut feeling.”

Probiotics maintain a balance in your gut between beneficial bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. Drinking chlorinated water and the use of antibiotics destroys all living organisms in your gut including beneficial bacteria. Stress can also contribute to an overgrowth of harmful bacterial. During a delivery through the birth canal, a newborn picks up bacteria from his/her mother. These good bacteria are not transmitted when a Cesarean section is performed and have been shown to be the reason why some infants born by Cesarean section have allergies, less than optimal immune systems, and lower levels of gut microflora.

A lack of sufficient amounts of beneficial bacteria weakens your immune system and leaves you open and exposed to germs, bad bacteria, and virus that can make you sick. Raw sauerkraut and Kim Chee is an excellent way to repopulate you gut with probiotics. The supplemental use of LiveGive “Instinct” is another powerful way to restore a balance of your intestinal microflora.

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The Raw Food Digestive Curse – by Frederic Patenaude

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The Raw Foodist’s Digestive Curse? by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve had a lot of personal experience in the raw food movement. Much of my adult life I’ve been actively seeking information and learning from others on the topic of nutrition and raw foods.

Over those years, I’ve heard many things said about what is the healthiest way to eat, how your body supposedly reacts to certain foods, and what is the healthiest type of water to drink, among many other things.

One thing that always caught my attention was the digestion people experienced on a raw food diet, and how a raw food diet may impact this.

Raw Foodists and Digestion

Any health-orientated person has taken a greater interest in their digestion, or how your body utilizes and absorbs nutrients from the food you eat, once they started to get in tune with how largely it impacts how you feel.

We all know the feeling of a sour stomach, and when your stomach isn’t happy, it’s hard to think about anything else.

Raw foodists, Natural Hygienists, and many Indian and Eastern health philosophies all put an emphasis on the importance of digestion.

Some stress the importance of eating certain foods together at the same time, or specifically not eating specific foods together at one time.

Food combining has been written about for decades now, and is something I personally used to follow relatively rigidly for many years.

Specifically the Natural Hygiene approach to food combining, like not eating melons with other foods, acid foods with sweet foods, and so on.

The Digestion Industry

Digestion has become so important to the general public now that it’s become a bit of a food-marketing gimmick.

Everything from probiotic-boosted green powders to endless brews of kombucha and lacto-fermented yogurts line the shelves of most grocery stores and supermarkets today, all touting a specific amount and strain of probiotic bacteria.

They’re sold promising improving the balances of bacteria in your intestinal tract, in-turn allowing you better digestion, sharper mental performance, clearer skin, etc. etc.

I think to a large degree, some of the benefits of these specific strains of bacteria and the packaged foods that are “boosted” with them are overall exaggerated to market them.

Naturally fermented foods like raw kombuchas, kimchi, and sauerkraut are much more likely to have truly beneficial bacteria in them vs. powder-boosted items too.

You can make these foods in your own home from your own garden!

It’s also questionable as to how many of the once-living probiotics actually survive from the time of packaging to you eating it, after transit and shelf-time.

I’m not saying that they may not offer some benefit to your digestion, but I feel that truly healthy gut flora starts with an otherwise healthy gut via eating and living healthfully, not a reliance on supplemental bacteria from packaged foods.

Some raw foodist will go as far as buying digestive enzymes in powdered form to supplement the enzymes everyone’s body naturally produces.

This could be a topic for a whole other article, but for now I’ll just say that the body produces all the digestive enzymes you need perfectly fine by itself, given you take care of it.

The Raw Curse

There is something that at one time felt like a phenomenon, but now just makes more logical sense as a natural progression of human adaption.

“The raw curse” is something I’ve written about in my books, “The Raw Food Controversies” and “The Raw Secrets”.

One thing I noticed amongst fellow raw-food-enthusiasts was that there seemed like a predictable decline in digestive abilities the longer they followed a strict raw food diet.

The longer they followed a raw food diet, the less ability they had to digest any other foods than raw foods.

The longer they followed that path, the types of raw foods they ate started being limited, too.

In many circles, you see people eating mostly mono-meals of one type of sweet fruit and tender, leafy greens, for most of their food intake. These are among the easiest foods for the digestive system to digest, as they are mostly composed of simple sugars.

This is a good and a bad thing.

There are valuable nutrients in fruits and tender leafy vegetables that can be easily absorbed by just eating them as they naturally come to you, from the garden or your nearest produce aisle.

But when you eat these foods and absolutely nothing else, you body quits producing the proper digestive enzymes and gastric juices to digest other foods, like dense proteins or starches.

Humans can eat and absorb nutrients from proteins and starch-dense foods just fine, but your body needs to “get used” to digesting them first.

Tuning Up Your Body’s Digestive Fire

I’ve come to the conclusion that many of the so-called digestive imbalances and woes that many people face amongst the vegetarian, vegan and raw food scenes may not always be caused by a complex imbalance of specific digestive bacteria, and more to do with the individual’s inability to digest foods that other people can digest, without any supplements.

The raw foodist who gets knocked out by eating a bowl of rice for the first time in nine months isn’t necessarily a sign that rice is bad for them. It could just be their body wasn’t used to digesting the rice.

You can observe this by the same person eating rice (and many other things!) in the years before and digesting them at least relatively well enough to still function and not be doubled over in pain.

Whether they are incredibly happy to admit it or not, there are many people who previously swore by a 100% raw food diet and now eat cooked foods of many different kinds. The same foods that people swore at one time would wreak havoc on the system are now being eaten and digested perfectly well.

Did their body magically gain the ability to digest the previously “poison!” cooked food from all of that meditation?

While the meditation probably doesn’t hurt anything, it’s mostly just a matter of the body producing the same digestive acids again, in the proper balance, once the new foods are reintroduced into the stomach. The body re-learns how to digest them again.

Like riding a bike!

Keeping Your Stomach Strong

Even basic activities like regular walking and movement/exercise of any kind improves the muscles in your stomach, leading to stronger, more efficient digestion and absorption of the food you eat.

You digestion is much more multi-faceted than some may lead you to believe, so when diagnosing your own circumstances, I encourage you to consider all points of view.

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Courtland Jennings, Founder, President, COO of Pickled Planet

For the fifteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Courtland Jennings, “man wearing many hats,” Founder, President, COO of Pickled Planet, makers of fermented products since 2002.

My Comments:

I find great products in many different ways. Sometimes in a store, on Amazon, in a newsletter, through a “Google” search, etc. I found Pickled Planet at a raw vegan cafe. I looked in their cooler and being a lover of fermented foods, I wrote down their website and checked it out. It took a while to actually get the product, but it was well worth the wait. All their products are made with organic ingredients, vegan and raw. Packed in glass jars with some distinct and unique flavors. They make sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled vegetables (“Dilly Beans” are high up on the list of favorites that I sampled).

You can check out my video review where I sample four of their products:
http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

From their website:

The Pickled Planet Story

Pickled Planet was started in 2002 by Courtlandt Jennings, in the small hamlet of Ashland, Oregon. With a desire to make the best fermented products available to the world, the offer of a free kitchen to start in, the savings in his bank account, and plenty of local produce, Courtlandt started making tasty sauerkraut.

Our Mission
Our mission is to produce and sell lacto-fermented foods with a brand that inspires humanity and raises awareness of their importance in out diet.

Our Vision
Our vision is to help return balance to our living systems through the process of our business. We do so by providing a living wage to employees; buying produce direct from farmers, providing lacto-ferments and a path towards health for our customers; diverting waste streams out of landfills, using 100% organic ingredients, Using post consumer paper in our office and labels, offering bulk options and re-claiming jars; and most of all by building our business model around what helps the world, even if it costs more.

Why Are We Here?
Pickled Planet is a response to our modern world and its “diet gone mad” on hyper processed and pasteurized food and hyper imbalanced wealth distribution. We are in pursuit of a healthy balance between our species and all our relations, our human ecosystems and natural ecosystems, and the cyclical capture of solar abundance and the technological maintenance of lifestyles.

The way we see it, if microscopic lactic acid bacteria can bridge the gap from atmosphere, to barrel, to our guts, then we can bridge the gap between the bottom line and the planetary brine.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My name is Courtlandt Jennings, I grew up in New Jersey but left in 1992 for the wider skies of the west. Health and personal development has always been central to my existence. At age 7, I started speech therapy to over come a stutter which taught me self discipline. At age 9, I found I had mineral and sugar imbalance in my blood and had to go on a special no sugar, no white flour diet. No one else in my family did this, so as you can imagine it was a real chore. My dad would take me to the health foods store, which in the early 80’s NJ was a hole in the wall. These two things were formative in my development as a conscious eater and being into personal development and exposure to the nacent natural foods industry.

Something else that was big in my early days was the family tradition of back rubs. We would always give each other back rubs, and this stuck for me and when I was 20 I took my first massage therapy training. Through the 90s I contined training and practicing massage therapy and so that was and still is a big part of my life, though now its just a hobby. My grandpa was an MD, my mom was an OT and I was and MT, so there’s a tradition of health care in my family as well as my own inclinations.

Once I turned 30 I realized I wanted to do something bigger than traveling and just kicking along, so I turned my passion for fermentation into a business. It was a perfect fit because natural foods were continuing to grow, my products ensured healthy guts and I could grow the business basically guilt free because what I was making was so healthy.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

A lareg multi-tool utility knife (includes a magnifying glass), a solar stove/oven, a fairly large container, preferably rust proof like stainless steel, a large hemp tarp, and rope of several gauges…
I choose these things because they are basic holy 5 for survival, with them you can de-salinate water, craft hunting implements, protect yourself from the sun, and make most anything else you’d need.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

You are so much more than your thoughts, your body, and your stories. Find what is alive in yourself that is observing those things, continue being interested but not identified, and allow love to expand where ever it can. We are light and it is light that we share…and a healthy gut is one of the best investments you can make in your body.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

That would depend greatly on the person and where they were at…though if they are not eating fermented vegetables I would say that is a great start.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Pickled Planet makes a great line of organic fermented foods that support a healthy gut, and provide enzymatic infusions that help lessen the speed of aging. We ferment everything for at least 5 weeks to optimize the strength of the probiotics and the enzyme count. We’ve been in business since 2003, making us one of the original artisan fermented food companies out there. We strive to pay a living wage to those that earn it, and the long range plan for the company is to become a worker-owned business. We use only post consumer paper for all our documents, and our labels, which utilize a zero waste application system allowing customers to tear off the label and recycle it again. We sell our products in glass jars, ensuring the product is less oxidized and as fresh as possible when opened. In our local area, we allow people to return their jars to us for re-use, we even get some in the mail occasionally, and have a discount pricing program to help make it affordable to those that need it.

In short, we aim to be a healthy cell in the body of the foods system, helping to heal the commerce system one business at a time.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I really truly hope that we can come together as a unified planetary culture of inter-dependent nations, and we all realize and embody the truth of our earth body and our deep connection to it. A full reversal on unnecessary industrialization, the financial system, the consolidation of power and a deepening of ecosystem awareness and communing with nature and her cycles while providing our needs from them. We have all the tools and technology for a graceful existence, free from poverty and pollution, we just need to throw the bullies out of the playground, or at least put them in their place.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My Dad was my greatest hero for so many reasons I could not name them all, but he taught me how to work hard and be diligent, how to weigh options and make proper decisions and that being successful is doing what you enjoy, and he loves to laugh.

To find out more about the products and to order, go to: http://www.pickledplanet.com

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Willow King CEO Ozuké: Fine Pickles, Sauerkraut and Kimchi

For the tenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Willow King CEO of Ozuké: Fine Pickles, Sauerkraut and Kimchi.

My comment: I found this company when I read about a new product that was being carried at the OB People’s Co-op in San Diego, Ca. I liked what I read, so I decided to look up the company online and read more about the products they make. I then sent a email and Willow was gracious enough to send me a few of the products, including a couple of the sauerkruats, kimchi and pickled vegetables. You will have to go to my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal for my review of their products. Just to let you know, they are so good and the unique flavor profiles make them pleasing to the palate.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have always loved nutrition and health and when I got into fermentation it seemed like a wonderful thing to share with the world at large.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Wow, that is tough. Some poetry- maybe Neruda or TS Eliot, Sunglasses, water, a machete (in hopes that I could find coconuts, mangos and avocados) and some kim chi.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well being and longevity?
So much of vibrant health comes from within. Of course it is important to eat life giving food, drink lots of water and get good exercise but I have met many amazing soul that radiate health just by letting their hearts shine and by being willing to be open and vulnerable to the world.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

I know I am partial, but I think fermented foods and drinks are huge addition to any diet. They balance ph, boost immunity, help regulate hormones, sleep, moods and they taste great!

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

We make 7 flavors of live, raw, vegan, organic kraut and kim chi. These products are easy to add to salads, sandwiches, rice dishes, noodles, dumplings, soups, burritos- you name it. We are sold in the Rocky Mountain region, Northern and Southern California and the Midwest.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

It is my hope that we learn to enjoy foods that are better for the planet. Eating more plants and grains and allowing the balance to return to ecosystems that have been de-forested, over grazed or otherwise overused. I just finished reading “Diet for a Hot Planet” very intense and inspiring. Simple, clean, food- less packaging, less damage done.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

I have to choose one? My Grandmother who has done yoga for 50 years is a heroine of mine. She was eating healthy, stretching, doing breath exercises and practicing the power of positive thinking before it was cool. She is 96 and such a bright light in my life.

Ozuké - Fine Pickles, Sauekraut and Kimchi

Ozuké – Fine Pickles, Sauekraut and Kimchi

Also check out my youtube channel for a video review of all these products that I do a tasting of: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

To find out more about all the great products from Ozuké, go to: http://www.ozuke.com

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Company Review: Farmhouse Culture – Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture Raw, Organic and Fresh refrigerated fermented Krauts and Kimchis in business since 2009

Tagline from their website: “We make the best darn kraut on the planet by infusing regional organic ingredients with wildly imaginative flavor profile.”

At the Natural Product Expo in Anaheim, CA I always find great new products to share with my readers and this company is definitely one of them. There are so many things to see and there is not enough time to see it all. I am glad I found this one. I love sauerkraut/fermented foods because it is yummy and also is great for your “gut” health. Our intestinal flora needs to be continually renewed and cultured food is a way to do it right! I would rather eat food then take a pill. It also helps if you are dealing with any issues of gluten/celiac (which we probably all have, even if we do not get tested) because it has to do with inflammation in the colon and high quality fermented foods help a lot!

When I tasted the krauts from Farmhouse Culture, I wanted more. They are so good and the flavors are so unique. Even more then that, is their packaging. It is not in a jar, as with most companies, they actually use a pouch that does not leach harmful chemicals (no BPA’s, PVC plasticizers or phthalates). It is commonly used in Europe and this company is the first to use it. What makes it special is the patented Ferment-O-Vent which releases the buildup of pressure without harmful bacteria entering and allows the healthful micro-organisms room to grow. Also, the pouch gas a lower carbon footprint and takes less energy to produce and transport then glass.

My Review

Overall impression: Love the colorful packaging/stand-up pouches with the peek-a-boo windows to see what is inside. All the products are great! It depends on your taste buds and how much “heat” you can handle whether you would try/like the spicier krauts and kimchi. I live the unique flavors/ingredients used as it perks up/excites your palate!

Krauts

1- Garlic Dill Pickle

This is my all time favorite! #1 for me! It reminds me of Gus Pickles, a company on the Lower East Side of NY where I used to go as a child with my Dad and siblings to get fresh pickles out of the barrels. This is better because it is organic, too. It is so good, I could eat the whole bag. I also love dill and the flavor is great! This is another really good one if you do not want a spicy kraut.

2- Ginger Beet

This is my 2nd favorite! I love the color of this product. It is also high in Vitamin C. Be careful because it may stain you since it has the red color from the beets. Since it is fermented, it actually smells like cooked beets. It also has ginger, which is warming to the body and has medicinal benefits. This flavor is very good and it not too strong for me to handle like the chili and jalepeño in the other products.

3- Classic Caraway

This is my 3rd favorite! This is really good with only a few ingredients. It is simply delicious. For those of you who do not want a spicy sauerkraut, this is a great option. They carry it in a larger pouch, 22 oz size, as it is probably one of the most popular and perhaps was their first product sold.

4- Horseradish Leek

This is my 4th favorite! High in Vitamin C and A. I am familiar with horseradish, as I eat it on Passover, called “marror” or bitter herbs. I like this flavor and it does not taste bitter to me. It has a slight “bite” and not overly strong where I can not eat it.

5- Smoked Jalapeño

This is my 5th favorite! High in Vitamin C. It has daikon radish which is a very good food for the body. It is known to “cut the fat” when eating fatty/oily animal foods – you would grate it finely and eat with your meal. It is also used medicinally – the greens are dried for a hip bath for feminine issues, the radish is also sun-dried and used in cooking. This flavor was spicy for me – hot! It is tasty and flavorful and has a nice crunch. After a short while I got used to it and wasn’t too hot for me.

Kimchi

Spicy Wakame Ginger

This is my 6th favorite! it is high in Vitamin C. It has wakame seaweed which is used in Japanese culture, mostly in miso soup and helps get rid of heavy metal toxicity in the body and high in minerals. It also has ginger which is warming and medicinal to the body. This one was Very Hot for me! The chili powder is more powerful in the heat index then is jalepeño, in my opinion. It is super intense and still is good. The way I can handle it, is by eating a little hit at a time.

Farmhouse Culture - Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture – Fine Fermented Foods

Farmhouse Culture - Raw, Organic  Krauts and Kimchi

Farmhouse Culture – Raw, Organic Krauts and Kimchi

To check out more about this great company, their awesome products and where to buy them, go to: http://www.farmhouseculture.com

Also check out my youtube channel for a video review of all these products that I do a tasting of: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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