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!


  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. : )

  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.


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

  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.

  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