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By Elizabeth Keyser


Tangy, tingling, sour -- sometimes that indescribable "fifth taste" known as umami -- foods that have been fermented have unique health benefits, especially for people with diabetes. Fermentation is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. It's what transforms milk into yogurt; cabbage into sauerkraut and the Korean dish kimchi; soybeans into miso; and alcohol into vinegar. But the best part is that research shows that these foods are good for your blood sugar. The acids in fermented foods -- lactic and acetic acid -- block carbohydrates from entering the blood and turning into blood sugar, reducing spikes. And these benefits can carry over to the next meal. But that's not all.

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Reviewed by Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN. 5/12

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