Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Benefits of Sauerkraut




As mentioned on my Facebook page today was a day of firsts for me. Not only did I manage to finally find and consume some coconut water today, I also took the plunge and bought some sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut or Fermented Cabbage is not a new development that is for sure! Archaeologists have discovered that early hunter gatherers used the fermenting process, mainly as a means of preservation. The Chinese have been fermenting foods since 200BC and have hailed the fermenting juice as a treatment for many ailments.

Apart from it's tangy almost vinegary flavour, which I found quite lovely actually, sauerkraut has many health benefits. The lactic acid provide a source of natural probiotic and promote good gut health and digestion. It is also a good source of Vitamin C and is said to contain levels of compounds which are said to prevent cancer.

While I bought jarred sauerkraut to taste it, to get the most of it's benefits it is recommended you make it yourself. I will definitely be trying this.

Find out how to make it here

So do yourself a favour this week and try something new. If you don't take the chance to try new things, we will never develop a taste for them. Take my advice and try sauerkraut - your won't regret it, and your gut will thank you for it!! It will most definitely become yet another new food I have discovered since turning Paleo, and hopefully it won't be the last!

5 comments:

  1. Here in the U.S., in New York City in particular, we grew up loving sauerkraut. It went particularly well with hot dogs and mustard. I don't have hot dogs anymore, but sauerkraut is definitely an enjoyable side dish. : )

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  2. I, too, am a sauerkraut lover. Eating a little everyday has been super-helpful in reducing stomach pain and keeping my digestive system balanced.

    I'm still buying jars of raw sauerkraut, though I have a couple of homemade jars in the fridge. I'm working up my nerve to do more than taste it. I know that's silly. I don't know what it is about my own fermented foods that scares me.

    pamela

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  3. Where to do you buy your jarred sauerkraut and what brand etc? I'm having trouble finding it!

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  4. Hi Andree, if you are based in Ireland, you can find Sauerkraut in supermarkets such as Tesco in Polish products section. Brand is a matter of personal taste, just look for the one with no added sugar or vinegar.

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  5. i know this is an old article, but im just wondering where this could be purchased? have you heard any benefits of it reducing cholestrol? thanks

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