Broadly defined, “fermentation is the transformative action of micro-organisms” – Sandor Katz, author of both The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation.
Fermented foods provide our digestive system with beneficial strains of bacteria (“probiotics”), which our body needs to digest food. Our gut is actually filled with 3 to 5 pounds of beneficial bacteria! Many commonly eaten foods are fermented, like cheese, yogurt, and sauerkraut, but some people may be weary of trying lesser-known fermented varieties. A deficiency of beneficial bacteria in the gut can be associated with a range of digestive disorders and allergies, so it is important to keep your belly’s micro-organisms alive and well!
Here is a podcast from HerbMentor Radio with author Sandor Katz. He exposes some common misconceptions about fermented foods, explains their historical significance, and explores the health benefits of fermentation. Definitely worth a listen!