25 Oct 2018

What are Fermented Foods?

Nutrition Advice

Fermented foods are gaining popularity in recent times due to their convenience in obtaining a daily dose of beneficial probiotic bacteria.

What are fermented foods?

Yeast and bacteria are the basis of creating fermented foods, microorganisms essential to the process of converting carbohydrates to alcohol or organic acids.

Fermented foods, like yogurt, kimchi, and kefir are rich in probiotics. Eating probiotic-rich foods can help boost your gut health.

Benefits of fermented foods

Including fermented foods in your diet has several benefits like:

  • Improved digestion and cognitive function

  • It boosts your immunity

  • Provides minerals that build bone density

  • Helps fight allergies

  • Helps treat irritable bowel disease.

Fermented foods list

Here are four of our best fermented foods that you should include in your diet.


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Is sauerkraut a fermented food? Yes. It might only be cabbage, but it’s cabbage with bite and plenty of probiotics and fibre. It’s easy to make your own sauerkraut or you can grab some fresh from the refrigerated section of any decent supermarket. Steer clear of the canned or jar varieties as they aren’t nearly as healthy.


Here’s a spicy version of sauerkraut for those who find the traditional variety a bit bland. Kimchi originates in Korea and, again, you can find it in the refrigerated section nestled amongst other Asian dishes.


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Kombucha is a yeast and bacteria drink that’s recently been doing the rounds in trendy cafes and supermarkets.

Does Kombucha improve your gut health and help with weight loss? Find out in our previous blog on The Kombucha Craze!


If you like tofu, here’s another great plant protein made from soybeans, only this one is a fermented soy food that has a firmer texture and a nice, nutty flavour. If you’ve never tried it, ask for it in your local supermarket or Asian speciality store.

How long does fermented food last?

It varies from food to food but can be anything from a few weeks to a few months.

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