Are fermented foods probiotic?

Updated: May 21, 2020


Co-founder of The Crafty Pickle Co. Arthur contemplating ferments and probiotics
Co-founder of The Crafty Pickle Co. Arthur contemplating ferments and probiotics


NO. NOT REALLY. ERM MAYBE? The answer to this question is not exactly straight forward. This topic might be prone to some debate, but at The Crafty Pickle Co. we really don’t give a damn. Why? Because we’re both trained nutritionists with multiple degrees in science and we believe in facts and good research, not anecdotal evidence. That’s not to say there isn’t SOME truth to the anecdotal evidence out there; but we should heed with caution any advice from businesses or ‘self-proclaimed’ nutritionists claiming fermented foods are probiotics or will cure certain ailments.


So let’s look at some of the current facts shall we?


  • The current definition of a probiotic is - live micro-organisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host.

  • Many of the bacteria involved in the fermentation process are lactic acid bacteria (LAB), which are also the same TYPE of bacteria in many probiotics.

  • Food standard agencies prohibit the use of