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  • What is fermentation?
    • With respect to fermentation of food products, there are two types:

      Ethanol based - also called 'yeast' based fermentation - and
      Lactic acid based - also called 'lacto' fermentation.

      One important thing to understand is that when fermenting foods (solid and liquid based), both types of fermentation are going on, the question is which process is dominant.

      Yeast dominant fermentation converts sugars into alcohol, and is what is used to brew alcoholic beverages like beer and wine.

      Lacto dominant fermentation converts sugars into Lactic and other organic acids, which is what provides the preservative and other health giving properties in sauerkraut and other lacto-fermented foods and drinks.

  • What are the health benefits of fermented foods?
    • As with anything, you should always answer questions like this for yourself, and always remember that everyone is different, and there is no cure-all.

      As to your question with regard to our products, you really need only learn about the health benefits of the individual food ingredients:

      Cabbage, Beets, Black Radishes, Carrots, Apples, Ginger, Ginseng, Turmeric, Himilayan Pink Salt, Green Tea, Raw Honey

      Next, it is important to understand how the lacto-fermentation process enhances the nutritional benefits of the food that is fermented (I liken it to 'pre-digesting' the food, making it much easier for the body to assimilate the nutrients):

      Benefits of Lacto-Fermentation

  • What type(s) of fermentation do we use at Cultured Traditions?
    • All of our products utilize the Lacto dominant fermentation process.

  • Why is consuming fermented food products an integral part of a healthy lifestyle?

  • Why are most of these questions answered using LMGTFY (let me google that for you)?
    • First of all, we are legally forbidden from making any direct health claims for our products, even if there is reasonably solid scientific (and/or anecdotal) evidence to support such claims.

      But more importantly, I am a huge advocate of people not taking anyone else's word for anything, let alone something as important as their health, so in that spirit, I came up with this solution as a way to try to help point you in the right direction.

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