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The truth about sauerkraut 13.11.2019 at 18:55

Culinary blog of Anna Mishchenko

Without undue modesty, I say that sauerkraut is a unique product! Offer understand, for what we all love so much.

First mention of sauerkraut appeared in China 2,000 years ago.

At that time, fermentation was one of the main methods, which extended the shelf life of many products. Sauerkraut has stood the test of time and during that time she fell in love with many European countries. For example, the gastro-culture of German sauerkraut has a special place (after meat sausages, of course) and the origin of the name, which was invented in Germany, confirmation.

Fermentation and useful property sauerkraut

Sauerkraut nutritious food, which contains many useful vitamins and minerals. For example, 140 grams of sauerkraut contain:

only 27 calories 7 g carbohydrates 0 g fat 4 g fiber 1 g protein iron potassium vitamins C, K, B6.

the Secret of sauerkraut lies in the method of its preparation – fermentation.

Through this process, microorganisms in the sauerkraut process the natural sugars, turning it into carbon dioxide and then to organic acids. The fermentation process is triggered, when the bacteria and yeast in the cabbage, on the surface of your body and even the air, come in contact with sugar, which is already in the cabbage. That fermentation creates favorable conditions for the growth of probiotics, which are also found in yogurt and kefir.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics – good bacteria needed by the body. They help in the absorption of food, increase the ability of the intestine to adopt vitamins and minerals. Therefore, sauerkraut is much more useful than fresh.

in addition, it contains a lot of sodium. It is important for those, who monitors the salt level in the body, so this is worth remembering.

As sauerkraut for digestion

Smart people argue that the human gut is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, which we call the "intestinal flora". This number is 10 times the number of cells in the body. So, among other things.

Sauerkraut contains probiotics, or beneficial bacteria that take on the role of a protective shield against toxins and harmful bacteria. They restore the balance of bacteria after taking antibiotics and removed the unpleasant symptoms that come as a result of the medication.

Sauerkraut and immunity

Fermented cabbage contains a lot of immune-boosting probiotics and nutrients. The probiotics in sauerkraut help improve the balance of bacteria in the gut and provide healthy shell. Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and even increases the production of natural antibodies. Therefore, in the case of colds, regular consumption of foods rich in probiotics will help you recover faster and reduce the probability of receiving antibiotics.

cabbage and dieting

Fact: sauerkraut reduces weight. This is partly because cabbage, like most vegetables, contains few calories and lots of fiber. Diets high in fiber give a longer feeling of satiety and as a result, reduce the number of calories consumed during the day.

How to choose the most useful sauerkraut

to get the most value from store-bought sauerkraut, remember a few simple tips:

avoid pasteurized cabbage: this cabbage is not going to benefit you fully.

avoid preservatives: often, store-bought sauerkraut contain preservatives that reduce the number of probiotics.

avoid adding sugar: sauerkraut should contain only two main ingredients: cabbage and salt. It may be added other vegetables like sea Kale, carrots and viburnum.

what to eat sauerkraut?

needless to say, that sauerkraut by itself is a great product. But as the diversity, it can be added to different dishes and, thereby, to expand facets of his gastro-skill.

sauerkraut is an unusual salad vinaigrette. Sauerkraut can be served as a side dish to meat, such as duck or pork. And if you mix sauerkraut and fresh cabbage in a ratio of 1:1, obtained excellent cabbage pie.

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