Generally speaking, when people like pickles, they really like them. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea but they are most certainly a crave-worthy food. I know I can’t get enough of them. Who would have thought they could also be good for you? Well, it turns out that they might just be the ticket to improving your mental health!
Not all pickles, mind you. A study performed at the College of William and Mary in Virginia found that naturally fermented foods such as dill pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi offer more than just a tasty snack to lovers of all things sour. These foods act on the stomach to give the body a major boost of serotonin, an important neurochemical responsible for managing our moods. In fact, most pharmaceutical antidepressants work to boost serotonin levels in the brain.
So it turns out you might just have a delicious, natural remedy for a little bit of anxiety or depression right in your kitchen! But that’s not the only thing fermented foods have to offer.
Check out this video from nutritionist Barbara Mendez to find out some of the other great benefits you might be able to glean from these nutritious and delicious dishes.
H/T: Barbara Mendez