Fermentation is the biological process that turns sugars into alcohol. Although drinking is generally bad for weight loss, eating certain fermented foods can help you consume fewer sugars and calories. During the process, natural bacteria feeds on the sugar and starch in the food, according to weight loss specialist Jon Gabriel’s website.

Fermented foods are packed with gut-friendly enzymes that act as natural probiotics. We’ve listed six delicious fermented foods and condiments that support weight loss.

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FERMENTED SOY

Tempeh, miso, Natto, and tamari are all tasty fermented soy products. According to Eat This, Not That! this form of the protein-packed bean has the power to get your digestive system moving, toughen your immune system, and decrease cancer risks.

KIMCHI

A study published in 2011 found that eating kimchi gives you tons of metabolic benefits. Researchers found that patients who dieted on it experienced weight loss. Eating the fermented cabbage also offered improved blood sugar, blood pressure, and waist-hip ratios.

SAUERKRAUT

Did you know that sauerkraut is simply cabbage that has been pickled by lacto-fermentation? According to Mind Body Green, this process converts unhealthy glucose and other sugars into energy and gut-friendly lactic acid.

FERMENTED KETCHUP

It’s easy to forget about all of the sugars, gluten, and preservatives in ketchup. Mind Body Green reported that the fermented version of this condiment cuts out all of those unhealthy components — you can even make it at home.

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NON-DAIRY YOGURT

Both dairy and non-dairy yogurt are fermented foods, but the latter offers more benefits for weight loss. The vegan products are made by adding probiotic powder and tapioca starch to nondairy milk, like coconut, according to Eat This, Not That!

PICKLES

Pickles are packed with probiotics and appeal to many people who generally don’t like the taste of fermented foods, Well + Good reported. The fermented cucumbers promote healthy digestion.

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