Updated February 28, 2022
Fermenting vegetables is an excellent way to preserve them, improve their flavor, and increase their health benefits. Fermented foods are digested easier, which makes their nutrients more available to your body. Consuming them regularly helps to maintain the overall health of your digestive system.
In his book, The Art of Fermentation, Sandor Katz, says, “Fermented foods are to varying degrees pre-digested, resulting in improved overall availability of nutrients. In live-culture foods, we ingest bacteria that help digest food and produce a multiplicity of protective compounds as they pass through our intestines. They and their various products enrich the microbial ecology of our intestines, enabling us to get more from our food and discouraging pathogenic bacteria by their presence” (Katz 30).