Looking for novel, nutrient‐packed foods to add to your diet? Fermented foods may be what you've been missing all your life. Known for their active bacteria and sour flavor, fermented foods improve blood sugar, blood pressure, eczema, digestive health, immunity and possibly even mental health and weight.

Dietary staples in cultures worldwide, fermented foods are gaining popularity in the United States amid a rising understanding of the health benefits of probiotics. Fermented foods include kefir, yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and tempeh.