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4 basics facts about fermented foods



Recently! Fermented has been a hot topic of discussion, but the thing is doing you know where it comes from or what is the link between them and Gut bacteria.

Without further delay, let's dig in to know some details about them.

  1. What is a fermented food?

A fermented beverage or food is a food that is transformed by the microorganism's controlled growth, such as yeast, bacteria, and certain molds. Fermented foods have been pretty famous worldwide due to their ability to preserve food and unique flavors.


2. Are all fermented foods the same?

There are two main groups of fermented foods.

The food through which we contain live microbes, i.e., kefir, yogurt, traditional kimchi, and sauerkraut.

The food in which no live microbe is present, i.e., alcohol, wine, beer, tempeh, sourdough bread, and chocolate. Living cultures can't survive the heating and cooking processes; that's why they are not a good source of live microbes.


3. Benefits of having these fermented foods?

By the process of fermentation, not only there is an improvement in the taste but also in its digestibility and nutritional value, by the fermentation process. The fermentation process produces antioxidants, molecules, and vitamins that can lower blood pressure.

In fact, there are overall health benefits from the intake of fermented foods. Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) are very famous due to their improved lactose digestion. Besides, they also have probiotic properties.


4. Are fermented foods and probiotics the same?

Do you Know? All probiotics don't take the form of fermented food, and in the same way, not all fermented food qualifies as probiotics. There are specific probiotics present in fermented food that bring health benefits and increase gut microbes' diversity.

At present, only fermented dairy products such as kefir and yogurt are probiotic due to their extraordinary benefits for gastrointestinal health.


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