Raw Sauerkraut Boosts Immunity And Promotes Good Health
Posted Apr 17 2011 7:36am
Sauerkraut is an ancient dish made by fermenting and pickling cabbage. Sauerkraut has been used for cooking purpose for thousands of years, plus it is very good for health. Sauerkraut word has been derived from the German language and it means sour plants. Sauerkraut has been used for many years in China and European places. As of date sauerkraut is popularly used in European cooking and Chinese dishes. The Korean version of sauerkraut is referred to as Kimchee.
Originally, making sauerkraut was a way of preserving vegetables, especially cabbage, to store them without refrigeration in just cool places.
What exactly is sauerkraut? Sauerkraut is simply chopped cabbage fermented in cabbage juice and pickled with salt. Other vegetables as well as spices are sometimes added for taste and variety. Fermenting the cabbage for three to seven days makes it soft, sweet, tangy, pickles and very delicious. Sauerkraut is usually used for garnishing dishes with meat and it is also added in salads and sandwiches. Sauerkraut is now sold commercially in the markets, however, you can even make it at home.
Health Benefits of sauerkraut
Sauerkraut, when in raw form, is extremely good for health. It is a very good source of Vitamin and several other nutrients. Raw sauerkraut has more lactobacilli than that present in yogurt. Before refrigerators were invented sauerkraut proved to be a good source of nutrients during harsh winters. Sea captains used to take sauerkraut on their voyages as it was good for health and is also a good cure against scurvy.
2. Helps prevent diarrhea: Diarrhea is caused due to an extremely upset digestion, and it is very tiring for the patient. Sauerkraut is made with cabbage and it is extremely rich in dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for proper health of the digestive system. Sauerkraut is rich in lactic acid which is good for digestion. Lactic acid improves the health of bowels and intestines thus helping in treating diarrhea fast.