Sauerkraut doesn’t have a sexy image, more the image of a grandmother’s meal. However, sauerkraut can be made in so many different ways! Sauerkraut is not easily seen as super healthy, but IT IS!!.
First some history about sauerkraut, around the 16 century the Germans began with the fermentation of chopped cabbage, sprinkled with salt. During the voyages of discovery in the 17th century the Dutch had large amounts of sauerkraut on board of their ships. The high content of vitamin C and the long shelf life made it an ideal product to avoid Scurvy.
Scurvy was a disease that caused numerous deaths among sailors. Captain James Cook ordered on the advice of a doctor, Johannes Kramer, thousands of pounds sauerkraut to supply his ships. During the civil war, a few enlightened doctors added sauerkraut in the diet of war prisoners.
Death by smallpox reduced from 90% to just 5%.
The benefits of sauerkraut for the intestines
Sauerkraut contains phyto-chemicals that are formed during the fermentation process. These are biologically active substances that can have a beneficial effect on the health. Eating sauerkraut is an excellent way to increase health of the intestinal flora.
Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contain the bacterium Lactobacillus Plantarum. This bacterium helps the digestive system by the growth of unwanted bacteria.
Paul Pitchford, author of “Healing with whole foods” also speaks his appreciation about sauerkraut. It stimulates digestion by the secretion of gastric juices. Sauerkraut contributes to the formation of enzymes and vitamins, strengthens the function of the pancreas and promotes the digestion of fat. It prevents large fluctuations in the acid-base balance, strengthens the nerves and the immune system and stimulates the production of blood.
Sauerkraut makes the skin even and healthy and helps the skin recover faster. The vitamin B12 prevents Anaemia, which absorbs the iron and therefore recommended for people who follow a vegetarian diet.
So start eating Sauerkraut today!