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   Posted 10/1/2011 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
According to my naturopath and NCM from the GAPS diet.  Fermented foods like saurkraut and such are good for your gut and help heal.  Then I've heard people say no fermented foods.  Your take?

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   Posted 10/1/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat them but I haven't noticed that they help my gut. They contain probiotics but regular sauerkraut in the grocery store will not be fermented. Only certain brands that are sold refridgerated are actually fermented. They usually say "live organisms" on the jar. Bubbie pickles are fermented and sold in the refridgerator section at my grocery store.
You can ferment foods yourself. I recommend the book "Wild Fermentation" or "nourishing Traditions".
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   Posted 10/1/2011 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
i buy the raw versions of kimchi and sauerkraut at the health food store. i also drink a lot of raw kombucha. i haven't made my own just because buying the stuff is so much easier!
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   Posted 10/1/2011 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
i avoid fermented foods.
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   Posted 10/1/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Coming from a typical Korean family, we have a separate fridge full of Kimchi and fermented soy paste.

Some people will disagree that there's any correlation to this but countries that eat more fermented food their diet seems to have lower incidences of IBD.

Personally, I HATED eating fermented food b/c of its distinct smell. I never ate them as a child even though I lived in Korea when I was a kid.

My brother loves them and has pretty healthy gut from my stand point.

If you were to have some Kimchi, I'd wash the pieces of Kimchi in water before having them so the spices come off, so less irritation on your gut.
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   Posted 9/8/2015 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   

I left out the spices, just kept the garlic and fresh dill. Used the grape leaves from a wild grape vine in the back yard. I made a gallon of these pickles in a jar on my kitchen counter. No vinegar, just fermented. Crispy and good. My gut is happy with them. They are similar to the pickles to get in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, not on the shelf, those are in vinegar and pasturized. Use Kirby cukes.I have colitis and am on Budesonide.

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   Posted 9/8/2015 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Sauerkraut has been good for me while fermented milk foods make me worse so you have to try for yourself and see I think. By the way, Bubbies pickles are apparently flash pasteurised and not truly "raw"

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   Posted 9/8/2015 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i just can't help asking because it's beyond my imagination - how is it possible for an uc-er to eat kimchi and not die?
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   Posted 9/8/2015 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I steer clear of fermented food during a flare, but lately I've been eating and making tons of fermented foods, pickled cukes, sauerkraut, green beans, carrots and a half gallon of fermented tomato salsa. Then I got on a kefir kick! I've been buying raw goat milk from a local farm and culturing it with kefir grains. I'm on my 2nd week of drinking 1 cup daily. Had one day diarrhea but since then, good. Goat milk kefir has so many good gut bacteria, in fact the guy who has the biggest and oldest website about kefir started the protocol because he had UC. He also gave himself kefir enemas. I'm not going there (yet).
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   Posted 9/8/2015 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had to stop making fermented foods as I now have a sulfite intolerance, honestly, I am so gutted about this as Kefir is just so wonderful, and easy to make, and I loved it so much, and its so good for you, I used to make it quite fizzy with lots of ginger, and it made me happy....
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