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You Want Me To Eat WHAT Now?

Used to be the first words out of my mouth when someone mentioned Sauerkraut! Lets face it, who in their right mind would eat rotting cabbage?

Well I've come a long way in my 'real food' journey, but I have to admit, eating fermented foods was possibly the most difficult concept to get my head around. It took a lot of convincing to get me to even try sauerkraut and when I did, to be honest, I really didn't enjoy it.

However, I figured all the research that I was reading about its health benefits couldn't be wrong, so I persisted in the hope that I would 'acquire a taste' for this strange and sometimes smelly food.
I bought the good stuff, raw, unpasteurised, naturally fermented from the refrigerated section of the health food shop, but, although I knew it was good for me I still wasn't enjoying it.

So, I decided to go the good old Kiwi way and DIY'd it! I figured if I combined the cabbage (which to be fair I've never been a massive fan of) with veges and flavours that I loved and that also had their own health benefits, I could concoct something that was not only good for me but that I actually enjoyed eating.
Result...
Trial and error, willing taste testers, playing around with fermentation times and FINALLY, sauerkraut that's not just good for me but that also tastes AMAZING!

So why did I bother, and what's all the fuss about I hear you ask….well OK, here's the science part.

Sauerkraut is rich in probiotics and a great source of isothiocyanate. These probiotic bacteria are highly beneficial to human digestion and are the mechanism that turns cabbage into a super nutritious food. The sugar in cabbage is converted into lactic acid, which gives the cabbage its characteristic sour flavor. The lactic acid also preserves the cabbage and prevents it from rotting. Lactic acid is a natural preservative that inhibits putrefying bacteria. Starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted into lactic acid by the many species of lactic-acid-producing bacteria. These lactobacilli are ubiquitous, present on the surface of all living things and especially numerous on leaves and roots of plants growing in or near the ground.

Phew, did you get all that?? Well wait, there's more….

Probiotics have also been proven to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity. Having good gut bacteria helps your body absorb more of the live nutrients in the foods you eat.
Fermented cabbage juice from sauerkraut, will do wonders to improve your digestion and can naturally heal Acid Reflux as sauerkraut or cabbage juice is one of the strongest stimulants for your body to produce acid. This is a good thing as many people have low stomach acid, which can be the cause of their gut problems.

Summary
  • Sauerkraut is good for your gut and aids digestion
  • Find one that you enjoy eating and then consume daily
  • Play around with flavour combinations by adding it as a condiment to your favorite foods
  • Get over yourself and just TRY it!

So there you have it, time to jump on board the 'Fermented Food Freight Train' and ride towards a healthier YOU.

Until next time...


 

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