Fermented Foods: Are They Really Healthy?

Amanda and I have thrown out our fermented foods. We used to eat sauerkraut, miso, and even fermented olives, believing they would improve our gut health. However, our pioneer health publications did not warrant their use, nor that of sour-tasting bread (confirmed by Sister White). These foods have aldehydes, alcohols, histamines, and acids that are all harmful to health. We must not follow the latest health crazes but instead practice what God has taught us in our past. Research shows that most people will not benefit from probiotic foods. However, a supplement might have its place in treating acute illness or when taking antibiotics. In fact, probiotics may actually do more harm than good since our bodies have hundreds of different kinds of bacteria and probiotics may hinder a proper balance by overpopulating only a few species.

A Far Better Way than Fermented Foods

So, what is the best way to have a proper balance of gut flora, which is associated with both good brain and immune health? There are two simple steps.

  1. Eat God’s diet, namely vegetables, grains, fruits, legumes and nuts.
  2. Limit all kinds of stress.

The first two food categories listed are the most important for various reasons, most especially because they contain the most inulin fiber, a prebiotic (which is far more influential than a probiotic). It is no wonder why paleo people think they need probiotics – their diet stinks! Apples, bananas, and blueberries seem to be especially good fruits. And notice that mushrooms are not in these categories of food; they are not part of the diet that God gave us, even after He introduced meat. God gave us the “herb bearing seed” and added the “herb of the field”/”green herb” after sin. Mushrooms come in just about every color other than green and, being fungi and not plants, do not produce seeds. They would likely lead to more harmful bacterial growth.

Stress, naturally, has a negative impact on all aspects of health. Of course, it is impossible to completely avoid stress, as that is a part of everyday life. In some situations, it can actually be beneficial to your health. The most important thing is how we deal with stress. Ever heard someone tell you to just “let it go”? Well, they were right. More precisely, we need to give all our stress and worry to God. He is able to take care of it, whatever it is, and we can rest easy in His care. When we truly believe that all things work together for our good and trust God with everything, stress will no longer be able to break down our health.

The Takeaway

Our conclusion is that fermented foods belong where all rotten things belong: in the trash. And while you’re at it, toss your mushrooms in with them. They love rotten things, anyway.

Have you ever eaten anything you believed was good for your health because of the health fads that go around, only to find out it was actually harmful? Or are there any health fads you would like us to write about? If so, share with us in the comments below!


Ricky loves to study and share what he learns, especially on the subjects of the Bible and the writings of Ellen White, as well as health. He really digs deep, so he often shares long messages, but they are well worth the time! His other love is music. In fact, he used to be more about music ministry than writing! He still loves to sing, but sadly is no longer able to play guitar due to a health issue. His greatest desire is to see Seventh-day Adventists (by profession, whether they are members of a denomination or not) properly organized and united as a great army, doing the work God raised us up to do.

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