Every health expert on the planet will tell you that fresh whole foods are the healthiest, but the latest beneficial food group isn’t “fresh”, it’s fermented.
Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, are probiotic powerhouses. Probiotics boost good bacteria in your digestive track, which happens to be the largest part of our immune system. In addition, fermented foods (read: probiotics) can help heal a multitude of health issues like leaky gut and IBS, and can even lead to weight loss, better skin, and boosted immunity.
You’ll find two terrific brands of fermented foods in our deli departments. the first, Wake Robin, is a local company. They produce live, naturally cultured vegetables made in small batches. Choose from Sauerkraut, Kickin’ Kimchi, Carrot Escabeche, Ruby Ruben and Garlicky Dill Cucumber Chips.
The other brand to look for is Wildbrine. All of their products are naturally fermented – they use no vinegar! The outcome is a variety of super nutritious foods that deliver deliciously complex and balanced flavors. Find these varieties are your neighborhood Heinen’s: Red Beet and Cabbage, Dill & Garlic, Arame Ginger and Japanese Miso Horseradish Kimchi.