Fermented foods are among humans oldest attempt to preserve food. There has been a resurgence of fermenting vegetables due to the numerous health benefits. Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) was mentioned in early Roman writings; it has a long history. Sauerkraut contains high levels of dietary fiber, as well as significant levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and various B vitamins. It is a good source of iron, manganese, copper, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.
Health Benefits of Sauerkraut
- Energy Production: There are high levels of iron found in cabbage which can be very beneficial to the body.
- Digestive Health: Cabbage has a high fiber content which is a key point in any diet that can benefit one’s digestive health.
- Heart Health: Fiber is able to scrape off dangerous cholesterol from the walls of arteries and blood vessels by binding with the fats and cholesterol, removing them from the body.
- Eye and Skin Health: Sauerkraut contains quite a few carotenes and a significant amount of vitamin A. This essential vitamin acts as an antioxidant and eliminates free radicals from the body’s system.
- Immune System Booster: Sauerkraut is an excellent source of vitamin C.
- Inflammation Reduction: The phytonutrient antioxidants contained in sauerkraut can double as anti-inflammatory agents, reducing the pain and discomfort of joints, muscles, and other inflamed areas.
- Cancer Prevention: The presence of antioxidant compounds in sauerkraut (all cruciferous vegetables) means free radicals can be eliminated, which are one of the main causes behind cancerous cell formation.
- Strong Bones: The wide range of minerals found in sauerkraut make it ideal for building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.
Fermented foods have a phenomenal benefit in your overall wellness. They can heal your gut to optimize health or reverse disease. Culturing your own vegetables can give you a jump start to achieving better health. Also, remember it is important not to heat fermented foods as this kills the “good” bacteria.
Here is a great recipe for a type of sauerkraut called Curtido. Curtido is a type of lightly fermented cabbage relish. It is typical in Salvadoran cuisine and that of other Central American countries. This sauerkraut/relish can be used like traditional sauerkraut, eaten on its own, or in place of salad dressing.
Do you have a favorite fermented food? By consuming this food, have you felt any improvement in your overall health? If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Thanks for reading.
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