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[–] toats 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Nice balanced article. It makes a good point that few bacteria survive the trip through the stomach.

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I like to think of our guts as a ferment. Just like starting a sourdough colony, if you don't feed it right then the wrong microbes can take over. But, if you keep regularly feeding it the right food, the good bacteria outgrow and dominate the bad ones, to the point where the colony becomes resistant to molds and other infections.

Feeding your gut with foods that are highly refined, sugary, or not often varied could allow bad bacteria to become dominant. Regularly eating healthy vegetables and unrefined foods with little sugar provides the right kind of food for the right kind of gut bacteria.

Now, I doubt that fermented food is a panacea, but fermenting does add flavour, increase nutrient availability, and offer probiotics, so there are likely some health benefits.

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[–] jambo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I absolutely agree with all of that. I think probiotics are very needed because they can provide the seed for you to grow your own internal colonies, or to bolster their genetic variety. The increase in nutrient availablity is a very good arguement for them too. If you have a look at the fermented Indian flat bread recipes I have put up previously you will see that they all do that and that would be so vital for people on a limited diet. The food storage aspect is super important in areas where foods are still seasonal.

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[–] toats 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh yeah storage is a really good point too.

It still blows my mind that all bread was made with a sourdough colony until less than 200 years ago!