Vinegar vs Fermented: A Guide to Shopping for Real Fermented Pickles

Vinegar vs Fermented: A Guide to Shopping for Real Fermented Pickles

Posted by Chelsea Miller on

Not all pickles are created equal.

Fermented foods are more popular than ever. But people are still confused about how to spot real ones.

We know this because each and every Saturday at the farmer’s market, people ask us:

“How do I know whether the pickles in my fridge are those healthy ones I keep hearing about?”

Below are the 4 types of pickles out there and what you need to know.

Vinegar vs Fermented: A Guide to Shopping for Real Fermented Pickles

Pickle Type #1

The Neon Yellow Toxic Avenger

Pickles that contain Yellow Dye 5 (tartrazine) are NOT healthy.

They are dead cucumbers, floating in cheap, high acid vinegar and contain tartrazine, a food dye that has been researched to cause hyperactivity in kids.

Chemically enhanced, mass produced pickles are an industrialized food-like relic of a former era and have no place in any 21st century fridge.

Action Step: If your pickles are Toxic Avenger pickles, they need to go into the garbage right now.

Vinegar vs Fermented Pickles - What's the difference?

Pickle Type #2

Slightly Less Bad For You Sugar Laden Pickles

If the pickles in your fridge contain vinegar but no Yellow Dye 5, they are likely a heat-canned and pasteurized, shelf stable store brand.

They may or may not contain high fructose corn syrup—either way they’re full of sugar and not serving your health.

If you just can’t let go of these sweet gherkins, bread and butter pickles and sweet pickle relish—opt for healthier versions (see type #3) that don’t have high fructose corn syrup and eat them sparingly.

 

Pickle Type #3

The Just Fine Vinegar Pickle

There are vinegar pickles on the shelves at your store that are just fine to eat. Most smaller, craft pickle brands fall into this category. These are some of the most fun, flavorful pickles out there and the world is a better place because these pickles exist. 

Just Fine Vinegar Pickles have a net-neutral effect on your health and won’t damage your health the way pickles #1 and #2 will.

Treat these heat-canned and pasteurized pickles like the condiments they are and enjoy all the flavor and fun they have to give.

Just don’t mistake them for #4 pickles.

Fermented Pickles

Pickle Type #4

Fermented + Probiotic Pickles 

The trending “healthy pickles” (and healthy pickle juice) you keep hearing about are lactic-acid fermented pickles, or simply fermented pickles.

These are the gut healthy, microbiome-boosting superfood pickles that you should be consuming everyday, three times a day.

This is the pickle brine you should be drinking, both for its electrolytes and its probiotic load (more on that in our Ultimate Guide to Healthy Pickle Juice). These raw, live and probiotic pickles actively serve your health.

So where can I find these wonderful pickles, you ask?

Real fermented foods are hard to find - that's where we come in. Here at Olive My Pickle, we ferment over 35 varieties of pickles, olives, kraut, kimchi, veggies, and brine and ship them right to your door. 📦🥒

Start optimizing your family's gut health today - grab a bundle below or build your own box of delicious ferments here.

 

 

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Olive My Pickle

Founded in 2010, Olive My Pickle began as a farmer’s market business in Jacksonville, Florida. Specializing in fermented and probiotic foods, the company’s product line has over 35 varieties of pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, olives, vegetables and brines that ship nationwide.


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