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As Fermented Foods Rise in Popularity, Here's What Experts Say

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The increasingly trendy trio of kefir, kimchi, and kombucha may not be familiar to you, but experts say fermented foods like these can help the home of most of your immune system – your gut.

How and why some (not all) fermented foods work is an unraveling mystery that goes back to hunter-gatherer humans. Today, nutrition scientists say to look beyond "probiotic" and "prebiotic" labels to select the right fermented foods for you.

Don't fall for the "best superfoods" lists that rank fermented foods highly, warned the International Scientific Association for Probiotics ...