Fermented foods are bubbling up in popularity, thanks to an increasing awareness of gut health. Research suggests the balance of bacteria in our gastrointestinal systems plays a vital role in more than just digestion. In other words, there may be a connection between our gut and our bad mood or that nagging cold — and fermented foods like kimchi and kvass may put us on the right track to a healthier GI.
But the main reason to eat fermented foods isn't your microbiome — it's flavor. In fact, fermentation is probably the reason many of our favorite foods are, well, favorites.