Fermented or Pickled? That Is The Question

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2019 has arrived. And with it the usual resolutions to be happier, get fitter and eat healthier. Indeed, jumping on the wellness bandwagon is often the first thing we all contemplate as we enter any new year. Rich foods, countless parties and crazy schedules have left us stuffed and tired, ready for the latest diet or lifestyle change that promises us trim figures, healthy bodies and focused minds. But wading through all the fads to find the one legitimate thing that is truly good for us is hard. The answer, unfortunately, is that to make the right decision, we have to do our homework. There is no quick solution. Just like we would consult an eb1 lawyer about an immigration matter, we must similarly look for good resources about the diets and programs and products that promise to make us better before we jump on board one of them. It takes time to research each and every issue. But there’s no time like the present to start. We can help with one question you might have encountered: which should I eat to be healthier, fermented foods or pickled foods?

To answer this question,
you have to understand the difference between fermentation and pickling. Both fermentation and pickling have been used to
preserve food for thousands of years. Fermentation is an anaerobic chemical
process wherein bacteria break down nutrients into other substances (like
carbon dioxide, acids and alcohol) that preserve and add flavor to the food.
Yogurt, sauerkraut, beer, yeast-leavened breads, kimchi, miso and even Tabasco
sauce are all fermented products.

Pickling is also a food
preservation method. A pickled food can either be fermented in a salt solution
(utilizing good bacteria like those foods mentioned above to complete the
process) or immersed in vinegar. Meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables can all be
pickled.

The Confusing Part

Because some types of
pickles can be brined in a salt solution, some are considered to be fermented,
as well. Think of traditional dill pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi. However, not
all fermented foods are pickled. Think of beer, yogurt and sourdough bread, for
example.

The Long Story Short

Fermented foods (including
foods pickled in a brine and not a
vinegar
solution) are healthier because they contain living organisms
(probiotics) as a natural result of the fermentation process. When ingested,
these probiotics can help balance the growth of “bad”
bacteria in the gut
, thereby regulating our
digestive tracts, boosting our immune systems and improving our overall health!
Regular jarred pickles and other similarly pickled products just don’t pack the
same healthy punch. So grab some sauerkraut or a cup of yogurt and start your
2019 off right!

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