Why fermented foods like sauerkraut are good for our gut

  • Manal Mohammed
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For decades, fermentation has been used to preserve food, increase its shelf life and improve its flavor. But many people are unaware of the health benefits of fermented foods.

Fermented foods are generally defined as “foods or beverages produced through controlled microbial growth and conversion of food components through enzymatic action”.

It can be pickled cabbage (sauerkraut), kefir yogurt drink, sourdough bread and some pickles (only lactofermented ones).

Fermented foods are rich in beneficial microbes and helpful metabolites (substances produced during fermentation by bacteria that support a healthy gut).

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