Sauerkraut-making requires the bacteria Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Lactobacillus brevis to ferment sugars that provide a variety of such organic products as lactic acid, acetic acid, ethanol, and mannitol. These bacteria are known as ‘heterofermentative’ bacteria. Later a ‘homofermentative’ bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum takes over, producing only lactic acid.
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Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as living microorganisms, or good bacteria, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
—Probiotics - Living Organism
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