RAW VEGAN SAUERKRAUTApril 29, 2019
Sauerkraut and its juices are made from naturally fermented cabbage. In this ancient method of food preservation, dry salt is added to shredded cabbage, which causes the cabbage to release juice containing lactic acid, preserving the cabbage.
Sauerkraut fermentation creates conditions that promote the growth of beneficial probiotics, which are also found in products like yogurt and kefir.
– help strengthen your immune system
– reduce pain and discomfort of joints and muscles
– treating sluggish bowels and poor digestion
– treating hangover
– helps in energy production in body
– helps stabilize blood sugar
– helps drop levels of LDL bad cholesterol
– prevent yeast infection
– prevent constipation
– prevention of kidney stones and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis
– contains a variety of enzymes, which help break down nutrients into smaller, more easily digestible molecules
– may help you lose weight
– may reduce the risk of certain cancers
– Probiotics help improve memory and lower symptoms of anxiety, depression, autism
– Sauerkraut contains vitamin K2 which plays an important role in bone health and reduce heart disease
– increases your gut’s ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals
Sauerkraut contains many nutrients important for optimal health. One cup (142 grams) provides you with :
– Sodium: 39% of the RDI
– Vitamin C: 35% of the RDI
– Vitamin K: 23% of the RDI
– Iron: 12% of the RDI
– Manganese: 11% of the RDI
– Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
– Folate: 9% of the RDI
– Copper: 7% of the RDI
– Potassium: 7% of the RDI
To maximize the benefits, try to eat a little bit of sauerkraut each day.
To ensure you get the most out of store-bought sauerkraut, try to keep these simple tips in mind:
– Avoid pasteurized varieties: Off-the-shelf sauerkraut is typically pasteurized, a process that destroys the beneficial probiotics. Refrigerated varieties are less likely to be pasteurized, but check the label to be sure
– Avoid preservatives
– Avoid added sugars: Sauerkraut should only contain two basic ingredients: cabbage and salt. Some varieties may also add extra vegetables.
To make sure you get all the health benefits of sauerkraut, you can make it yourself!