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, acids, and even viruses 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.
- Eat God’s diet, namely vegetables, grains, fruits, legumes and nuts.
- 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.
To learn what both the Spirit of Prophecy and science have to say about fermented foods, please check out the article and the video below.
Fermented Food? (Dr. John Clark)
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!