Fermented Foods-Rising Trends

By: Abbie Walker on Jun 21, 2016

We are all familiar with food trends. Some are great and beneficial for health, such as clean labels. Others can harm us, such as extreme diets. Whatever the fad, we, as consumers are always looking for the next best thing to improve our daily lives.

New Trends in Fermented Foods

The newest trend that seems to be on the rise is-drumroll-fermented foods!

What are fermented foods, you ask? Well, let’s first explore fermentation and then why they are becoming such a hot topic.

Quick Chemistry Lesson: Fermentation is a chemical process where there is a conversion from a carbohydrate, either a starch or sugar, into alcohol or an acid.

You are most likely familiar with beer and wine being classified as fermented foods. Chemical structure of phylloquinone By User:Mysid (Self-made in BKChem + perl + vim.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsHowever, did you know that yogurt is considered a fermented food? During fermentation, the milk sugar, otherwise known as lactose, becomes lactic acid. Yogurt helps to support digestion as well as providing the beneficial vitamin K2.

K2 What is it and why is it important?

According to the International Science and Health Foundation, K2 helps to:

  • Help the body utilize calcium
  • Direct the calcium toward bones and away from the arteries

Here is a link to learn more about the vitamin K2 and its amazing properties.

Fermented foods mainly support digestion, but also can support immune systems.

Here is a link to explore fermentation in more detail. Plus, a recipe to make your own yogurt. 

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