Sauerkraut is form of fermented cabbage and one of the best probiotic foods with many health benefits. It stimulates the growth of good bacteria and helpful during and after antibiotic use, when many good bacteria are killed.
Its Nutrition Value
It is great sources of iron, fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K and boosts our energy and immune system with iron. Fresh sauerkraut contains lactobacilli, beneficial bacteria that improve the functioning of the digestive tract.
Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe
5 pounds shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons sea salt or pickling salt
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
-In a large bowl, mix cabbage with salt and caraway seeds and keep it for 10 minutes.
-Pack mixture into a glass food container.
-Place a sanitized glass jar filled with water on top of the lid to weigh it down.
-Place in a cool place overnight.
-Check to make sure the sauerkraut is completely submerged in liquid.
-Check cabbage every other day for 2 weeks, skimming off of any scum that may form on the surface.
-Let stand for at least 4 weeks total.
-Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Protection Against Cancer
Cabbage is high-antioxidant foods and known for being powerful cancer-fighting foods. Sour cabbage prevent the development of cancer. This is because of three ingredients:
Isothiocyanate – Caggage is rich in isothiocyanate, which is known for its powerful anti-cancer benefits.
Glucosinolate – This found in sauerkraut and help to activate the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.
Flavonoids – Sauerkraut also contains flavonoids that help in protecting your arteries from oxidative damage.
Fiber good for digestive health also very important for the health of your heart. The soluble fiber in cabbage binds with fats and cholesterol and carries them out of your body. Therefore, less cholesterol enters the bloodstream and your overall cholesterol level is balanced. This can prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
Studies find that probiotic-rich foods lowered risk of obesity help in weight loss. Fermented foods boosts metabolism and eating sauerkraut regularly can affect obesity, lipid metabolism and inflammatory processes in the body.