Pickled or fermented beets are a good source of complex carbohydrates, as one cup of fermented beets has 37 grams. Fermented beets are also a good source of dietary fiber. One cup of sliced pickled beets provides 6 grams of the 23-30 grams of needed fiber daily. Dietary fiber offers a number of health benefits, which includes promoting a healthy digestive system, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
If the fermentation process is done right, the jarred fermented or pickled beets have beneficial bacteria, and enzymes, needed for maintaining a healthy body.
The magazine of “International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism” published research on carbohydrates in their December 2010 journal, stating that carbohydrates are a crucial component of a well-designed post-workout meal.
Even if you don’t work out, but are very active, complex carbohydrates are crucial to giving your body the energy it needs to keep you active.
Eating pickled beets from a can or jar done by manufactured preparation can contain high sodium.
It is recommended to ferment the beets yourself, because Himalayan salt can be used, as it contains all of the trace minerals, unlike table salt. Using Himalayan salt requires ½ to ¾ less use of salt because of the accompanying trace minerals, and therefore less sodium in your diet.
If you don’t want to do the fermentation yourself, then find a friend or a health food store, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or the equivalent that will have fermented foods that state using Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt in the fermentation process.
This is a simple salad, but a great food to keep your digestive tract in working order.
Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese
1 – 15 ounce jar fermented beets (preferable sea salt or Himalayan salt used in fermentation process)
1 large pear, cored, sliced thin
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup white raisins
4 ounces goat cheese
Open jar and drain juice* and pour beets into a salad serving bowl. Add sliced pear, seeds, and raisins, mix and top with chucked goat cheese.
Plate and serve.
*You can choose to pour a small amount of the juice over the salad. If you do drain the juice, drain it into a glass and drink it. It contains vital bacteria, and enzymes for healthy digestion.
For more reading on Fermented foods, consider this article: Protect Foods from Spoilage with Fermentation and read more about the importance of fermented foods on your health by linking here: Health News Library.
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