Do All Fermented Foods Contain Probiotics?

“One of the most common misconceptions I encounter is the belief that fermented foods and probiotics are one and the same.

Fermented foods are made through a process that uses yeast and live bacteria to break down one food, like cabbage, for example, and turn it into another, such as sauerkraut or kimchi.

They also exist naturally in your body, but sometimes the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut can get thrown off by what you eat or drink, as well as your lifestyle

Dairy products like kefir and yogurt are among the best vehicles for delivering beneficial bacteria to our gastrointestinal tract.

“Non-heated kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso also contain large numbers of viable bacteria that can provide a probiotic boost. 

these products found on grocery store shelves have been heat-treated for food safety reasons, so it’s not as common to come across options with known probiotic activity.”

As you now know, not all fermented foods contain live organisms. “Microbes that are essential for making beer and wine are filtered out in the finished product.

“Sourdough breads and canned sauerkraut, other fermented vegetables, and many kombuchas are heat-treated, which inactivates the microorganisms.

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