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Let's Gut Real - Easy to Digest Nutrition Science

Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders. Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true. Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.

Jun 23, 2020

Are all fermented foods probiotics? Learn the important difference, and how to include them in your diet!

In this episode of Let's Gut Real, I interview Bob Hutkins, PhD and Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD on the important difference between fermented foods and probiotics.

We also talk about:

  • What are fermented foods?
  • What are probiotics?
  • How fermented foods and probiotics differ and why it’s important to define a difference?
  • Why do we need to be precise with conversations on probiotics?
  • Discuss the new AGA's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Probiotics
  • Where evidence exists to support the use of probiotics
  • Bacterial persistence – if they don’t join our microbes why do they benefit us?
  • How one would use fermented foods versus probiotics
  • A bit about the history of fermented foods & our health
  • Why including fermented foods in our diet is a good idea
  • Is the research strong enough to recommend fermented foods in the diet? What evidence exists?

You can find up to date information on ISAPP by visiting or, if you listen to this before July 1st, you can sign up to their upcoming webinar ‘Fermented Food – Separating Hype from Facts.’ At 1pm BST (6 am MST).