To create sauerkraut, cabbage is shredded and fermented. During fermentation, microbial processes create lactic acid and probiotics. While that may seem scientific, sauerkraut is no new discovery. Early records of people making sauerkraut date back over 4,000 years. Talk about a long-standing tradition! Over the years of enjoying sauerkraut, it has been discovered to have incredible health benefits you’d never think you could get from a fermented vegetable in a bag or jar.
- Gut health – Sauerkraut is rich in probiotics, which include live bacteria. In this case, it’s good bacteria that can actually stop the growth of bad bacteria in your gut. Consuming probiotics, like the ones found in sauerkraut, can aid in digestion, improve overall gut health, and relieve symptoms of an upset stomach. Overall gut health can also improve your immune system. Sauerkraut health benefit bonus!
- Prevents heart disease - High amounts of fiber in sauerkraut can reduce the risk of heart disease. “Fiber essentially bonds together with cholesterol and fat in the body and takes them out of the human body through various avenues,” states Alex Moskov on TABlog. Not only does sauerkraut have fiber, but also vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron. These vitamins together increase energy levels, reduce the risk of developing anemia, and build strong bones.
- Anti-cancer elements – Studies show that the compounds in sauerkraut can help prevent cancer due to the number of glucosinates. While eating Reubens for every meal will not cure cancer, the glucosinates are an important factor for good health.
Believe it – sauerkraut is good for you. These surprising health benefits are worth adding that scoop of sauerkraut to your next dish.
Original article written by Alex Moskov on TABElog 4/30/16.