Top 7 Health Benefits of Fermentation

  • Joe Williams
  • Registered Nutritionist

Fruits and vegetables

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Fruits and vegetables

Popular across cultures, the process of fermenting food is making a comeback. Recognized as a source of “good” bacteria, fermented foods consumed regularly can contribute to the good health of the digestive system. Want to know what it's all about? Registered nutritionist Jo Williams tells us more.

What is fermentation?

Fermentation is an ancient technique for preserving food and beverages, practiced long before the era of refrigeration.

During fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast or fungi transform organic compounds such as sugars and starch into alcohol or acids.

These act as natural preservatives and improve the taste and texture of fermented foods, giving them a strong, salty and slightly sour flavor.

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