This is a simple dish made by fermenting raw cabbage. It has a lot of beneficial properties especially towards protecting the stomach lining and assisting in digestion and assimilation.
Sauerkrat is pronounced as sau·ur·krowt
Sauerkraut is very nutritious and healthy. It provides probiotics and vitamin K2, which are known for their health benefits, and many other nutrients. Eating sauerkraut may help you strengthen your immune system, improve your digestion, reduce your risk of certain diseases, and even lose weight.
So, what is this cabbage dish?
Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid formed when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage leaves.
Ingredients: 1 green cabbage shredded, sea salt, mason jar with a tight lid, water
Brine: Mix 1 tablespoon sea salt to 4 cups of water and prepare your brine.
Preparation: Add the sea salt to the shredded cabbage in a bowl and mash it for 8-10 minutes till the cabbage lets out the water. Then, put the cabbage in the jar (packing it down), and add the brine to fill the bottle. Tightly cap it and store it (away from direct sunlight). One week later, refrigerate and use it in your recipes. Sauerkraut is ready.
The prepared product is available in your local groceries as well.
How to eat sauerkraut?
- A few spoons make a good side dish for a larger meal
- Add it to your soups or salads
- Good topping for tacos
- Perfect to be include in your sandwiches or wraps
- Eat a spoon full at the onset of a meal
What are the health benefits of eating sauerkraut?
While it helps ease digestion and assimilation, it significantly helps in protecting the stomach lining. Aids in treating stomach ulcers and colitis. Being filled with fiber, it helps improve bowel movements. (Excess sauerkraut is known to trigger bouts of diarrhea as well).
Eating sauerkraut is helpful to improve gut health. Eating one spoon of sauerkraut daily is a good way to help prevent constipation and improve digestion.
6 thoughts on “Sauerkraut & gut health”
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Good share 👍
Thank you Padmaja 🙂
This recipe is so new to me. I am unaware that you can ferment raw cabbage. Wonderful benefits 👍
Yes Sowmya.. was surprised when I tried it first as well!