Why Incorporate Sauerkraut Benefits Into Your Life?
Sauerkraut has been consumed for thousands of years for its flavor, health benefits, and because fermentation is one of the earliest methods of food preservation. Before refrigeration, fresh food would quickly spoil if not preserved. By fermenting cabbage with salt, spices and its own juices, sauerkraut benefits meant bioavailable nutrients were available through the cold winter months.
We love sauerkraut benefits at Nourish, and serve sauerkraut made by local cooperative, Real Pickles. You can find their sauerkraut, ginger carrots, and fermented beets on our Wellness Bowls, salads and more!
What Are Sauerkraut Benefits?
Did you know that one cup of sauerkraut provides 35% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 23% Vitamin K, 12% iron, and 11% manganese? Sauerkraut is also high in Vitamin B6, folate, copper, and potassium. Because sauerkraut is fermented, it supports digestion and absorption of these important vitamins and minerals. Fermentation promotes beneficial probiotics that help make food more digestible. This is great news not only for enjoying all the nutrients contained in cabbage, but also for your digestive system’s function in general.
If your digestion has been weakened by a course of antibiotic treatment, sauerkraut is an excellent choice. According to Healthline:
“Probiotics like those in sauerkraut can help improve the bacterial balance in your gut after it’s been disturbed by the use of antibiotics. This can help reduce or prevent antibiotic-provoked diarrhea. Research also shows that probiotics help reduce gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and symptoms linked to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”
Sauerkraut Benefits vs. Kimchi Benefits
Local producer Hosta Hill provides us with the kimchi we serve in our Winter Warmer bowl. Kimchi is Korean-style fermented cabbage. It typically includes chili, scallions, garlic and ginger. Sauerkraut benefits and kimchi benefits are similar, with kimchi delivering an additional digestive boost from its pungent ingredients.
Our Organic, Local Promise
At Nourish, our entire menu is organic. We have taken every step to ensure the quality and integrity of our ingredients and suppliers, in order to provide you — our customers and community — with the most nourishing menu in the Valley! We source from as many local farms and makers as possible. In addition to Real Pickles (Greenfield) and Hosta Hill (West Stockbridge), local sources include Gill Greenery (Gill), Dwight Miller Orchards (Dummerston, VT), South River Miso (Conway), Queen’s Greens (Amherst), Winter Moon Roots (Hadley), YUP Coffee Roasters (Florence), Full Moon Ghee (Greenfield), Sweet Birch Herbals (Williamsburg), and many more!
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Sources for This Article:
8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut – Healthline