Fermentation for better health

This solution was shared by ETALIM Trading , 21 June 2022

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:21

Description of the innovative solution

Fermentation Convenient processing Women empowerment Traditional food Indigenous crops Waste Supply-chain management Healthy diet Behavior change Consumer choice Food environment - personal Food safety Nutritious food Closing nutrient loop Tuft's Innovation Lab

Fermented foods naturally contain probiotics, which have particular health benefits in improving gut health. Frequent consumption of probiotic foods has been found to improve the absorption rate of nutrients in the intestine and protect the body’s immune system to a number of diseases. Specific types of bacteria and yeast can be used to ferment perishable foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Fermentation of unsold produce can also increase the shelf life of food products so they can be consumed at a later moment. For example, probiotic yogurt compared to traditional yogurt has a longer shelf life – which improves availability and access to milk products for consumption. To-date, the market for probiotics as supplements or fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, or yogurt is rising. For example, pasteurized and probiotic yogurt cultures are safe from microbial contamination. The pasteurization process kills all harmful microbes that come through unhygienic handling of milk. As probiotic yogurt cultures can deliver aflatoxin-free yogurt products, consumers are at a reduced risk for food safety issues. Fermenting foods can be easily done in households and there are many platforms and communities that teach about fermentation.

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Processing and packaging

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Gaining traction


Food quality Food safety Food availability Climate mitigation Reducing biodiversity loss

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SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action


Urban Peri-urban Rural

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