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What You Need to Know About African Traditional Fermented Foods and Probiotics
African traditional fermented foods remain the best superfoods with various nutritional benefits for any individuals living in rural communities in Africa. Although, to make a whole complete of these foods; the lactic acid bacteria are essential in making fermented foods and probiotics, but we can’t predict all say the specific health benefits they contain or the properties of these foods.
According to a recent study on probiotic research, they concluded to perform studies on African fermented foods and probiotics, with the aim of improving the health of people in Africa.
What are probiotics (and prebiotics?)
Probiotics are live organisms that have been proven by medical research to have a health benefit, and a prebiotic is a food substance that specifically promotes the growth of good bacteria in our body.
Some of us think that bacteria are harmful to our body, and it feels like we should eliminate all the bacteria from our body at once, but the facts are, there are actually good bacteria and other microorganisms that helps our body function properly.
The microorganisms are in probiotics products and quite similar to, the microorganisms that normally live in our bodies (of which there are 100 trillion). These bacteria are responsible for fermenting food as it passes through the gut, particularly in both intestines.
Types of probiotics
There are many types of probiotics. They include lactobacilli (like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus GG), bifidobacteria (like Bifidobacterium bifidus) and some yeast (like Saccharomyces boulardii). Different probiotics have different health effects.
The probiotic microbes associated with fermented foods are hugely beneficial. They reduce anti-nutritional substances like mycotoxins and phytic acid.