Friday, April 13, 2012

Weston loves sauerkraut!

Weston turned 4 months on April 3rd and though that's still very young I just can't resist giving him some samples of healthy and digestible traditional foods.

So far he has tried tiny tastes of raw sour cream, raw kefir, homemade chicken liver pâté, beef broth, trotter (pig's foot) broth, chicken broth, and lactofermented pickles and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut and pickles are the clear winners! Of course he doesn't actually eat either, but he loves sucking on them and seems to relish the sour flavor.

Both are rich in lactobacilli (lactic-acid producing bacteria) which are essential for gut health--the basis for good digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as immune function. These bacteria even aid in decreasing the permeability of the intestinal lining, which is important in preventing food sensitivities and intolerances due to "leaky gut." Babies have a naturally leaky gut which is why it's a good idea to emphasize bone broths and lactofermented foods (or liquids) when introducing solids.

1 comment:

  1. What a cute photo! Peter also loves pickles and sauerkraut but I think his favorite is fermented Daikon radish sticks.