This is part of a series I’ve been creating for Azumio. Azumio is an app company dedicated to improve health and wellness by tracking sleep and steps, monitoring your glucose levels and heart rate, and providing exercise libraries and routines.
Healthy eating is all about variety; from the range of produce you eat, to the kinds of proteins you enjoy. Besides the actual foods you eat, how they are prepared can add even more beneficial nutrients to your body. The three main ways you can prepare your food is by eating it raw, cooking it, or fermenting it.
So What are Fermented Foods?
Fermentation is an old and traditional way of preserving foods. It involves putting food into an environment where the sugars and starches create lactic acid. From there, healthy bacteria is created.
You can ferment foods in a variety of ways, from introducing a bacteria to a food (like how yogurt is made) or creating a brine that the food cultures in and allows healthy bacteria to flourish in (like kimchi and sauerkraut). Fermenting and pickling are similar, but not entirely the same. Pickling relies on acidity as well as heat. The heat will kill any bacteria, good or bad. Fermenting doesn’t involve heat, keeping the bacteria intact.