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!