Are Pickles Fermented? Pickled Vs. Fermented Foods


| 5/11/2015 12:02:00 PM


Are Pickles Fermented? Pickled vs Fermented Foods

Since I discovered the various health benefits of fermented foods, I have become a complete fan of these sour, delicious treats. I have learned to make my own fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, and more. But when it comes to grabbing a fermented snack from the grocery store, choosing the right product can be confusing. So what are fermented foods, exactly? And are pickles fermented, or are pickled foods different from fermented foods? These types of questions shouldn’t be ignored; there is a crucial difference between pickled and fermented foods that impacts their nutritive value.

Pickling and Fermenting – Not to Be Confused

Some pickles can be fermented, but others are not. Pickling is a more general term, referring to various ways of preserving foods in an acidic medium. In many cases, that acidic medium is vinegar. When most people refer to pickles, they mean cucumbers that have been prepared in vinegar.

So what are fermented foods, then? Fermentation is considered a pickling method, but it is a specific one; in this case, the acidic medium is created through lactic acid fermentation. During fermentation, the starches and sugars in the food are converted into lactic acid by the bacteria lactobacilli. The lactic acid production is what gives fermented foods their unique sour smell and flavor. The fermentation process is also what makes them such nutritive super foods.



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