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How Are Probiotics Created During Fermentation? We Break It Down

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How Are Probiotics Created During Fermentation? We Break It Down

Lacto-fermentation is a unique food preservation process not only because of the delicious tasting results, but also because of the probiotics that are naturally created in the fermentation process. What basically happens when the lid goes on and the bubbling starts? Phase 1: Bad Guys Die Off Bacteria, both good and bad, live on the exterior skins and leaves of vegetables. During the first day of the fermentation process, the saltiness of the brine kills off the present bad bacteria. At the same time, the good bacteria thrive in the salt-water brine and will begin to grow. The specific bacteria...

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What is My Microbiome? (And Why Should I Care...?)

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What is My Microbiome? (And Why Should I Care...?)

The Gut, Gut Biome and Microbiome... are these all the same thing? And what's the difference?  Your gut is your body's digestive track, the small and large intestine. Your gut's biome, or microbiome is something more.  Simply put, the microbiome is the vast colony (an ecosystem really) of bacterial cells that live in the body. Each and every living animal and human on the planet has a microbiota colony (or microbiome) living within them. This colony grows, develops and colonizes over time and begins when a baby is born and first exposed to her or his mother’s vaginal bacteria. Our...

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What Is Fermentation? Here's a Glossary of Important Terms

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What Is Fermentation? Here's a Glossary of Important Terms

This is an ever growing list of common terms, words and ideas having to do with fermentation, probiotics and microbiome health. Antibiotics – Antiseptics, sterilizers and medications that eradicate microbial life within an environment. Bacteria – Bacteria are a type of microbe, there are good bacteria called probiotics that confer health benefits to its host. There are bad bacteria that harm health, examples are E.Coli and Salmonella. CFUs/ Colony Forming Units – In microbiology, CFU is the unit of measure for reporting bacterial counts. Fermentation – The metabolic transformation of foods via the actions of microbial organisms. Fermento – A...

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What's the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics? And Do I Need Both?

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What's the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics? And Do I Need Both?

“Pre” and “Pro?” No, it’s not a typo! As you embark on a probiotic lifestyle, it’s equally important to incorporate prebiotics into your diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms that when consumed in the right amounts confer a health benefit to the host. Lactobacillus cultures are the most common probiotic found in fermented vegetables. A growing body of scientific research is documenting the diverse ways that probiotics can contribute to human health. “Prebiotic” was originally defined as a “non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria...

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How Do You Measure the Probiotics in the Pickles?

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How Do You Measure the Probiotics in the Pickles?

Although lacto-fermentation reliably creates lactobacillus bacteria, which you can learn about in our article The 3 Phases that Create Probiotics During Lacto-Fermentation at Olive My Pickle we’ve taken the step to verify our products with a third party microbiology lab that specializes in food testing. OUR PROBIOTIC COUNTS The specific test we ordered was to count the CFUs—colony forming units—of lactic acid bacteria (or lactobacillus) in our fermented vegetable products. Our pickles were verified to contain between 1.2 and 1.4 Billion CFUs (Colony Forming Units--the standard unit used to estimate the number of viable bacteria cells in a sample per...

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