6 Stinky Foods You Should Be Eating

6 Stinky Foods You Should Be Eating

Get essential vitamins and nutrients from these smelly foods.

Strong smelling foods can often contain properties that are good for your health, like probiotics, “good” bacteria essential to your digestive health and maintaining a healthy immune system. Learn which stinky foods are highest in vitamins, nutrients and feel good nutrients; your nose may not like them, but your body will!

Garlic has long been a remedy in the ancient world, and today, garlic is consumed, not only for its flavor and low calories, but for its immune-boosting abilities, anti-bacterial properties and its anti-inflammatory compounds, too. It’s easy to incorporate garlic into any meal: roast it with a splash of olive oil, add it to pasta, stir fry and salad, or press it into your juice.

Onions contain high levels of quercetin, which may help lower cholesterol and reduce allergies, and boast many anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. For the best nutrients, enjoy onions raw – in salads, salsas and sandwiches.

Fermentation might not be a term many people associate with good eats, but tempeh, a form of fermented soy beans, is a good source of vegetarian protein and calcium. Tempeh contains probiotics, microorganisms which help promote healthy digestion and a healthy immune system, and amino acids, integral to making proteins to help the body break down food, grow and repair tissue.

Kimchi, the Korean version of sauerkraut, is a combination of fermented cabbage and spices, that’s packed with vitamins A, B and C and iron. Plus, its high fiber content will keep you fuller for longer and promote good digestive health.

This fermented dairy drink is good for your gut—it contains probiotics, which can help restore the balance of good bacteria in your stomach. Kefir is made from fermenting milk with kefir grains and is high in protein and calcium. It has a sour smell, similar to that of yogurt, and can be used just like yogurt in smoothies or fruit bowls. 

A staple in Japanese culture, natto, is a dish made from fermented soybeans and smells like ripe cheese. Natto is high in protein, but has fewer calories per serving, than some red meats. The fermentation process creates an abundance of vitamin K, which helps promote bone health, and an enzyme called nattokinase – studied for its potential to reduce certain factors related to heart disease.

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