If you only associate sauerkraut with hot dog season, it's time to think outside the ballpark. While this cabbage-based fermented food is definitely an acquired taste, it's time to make it a staple in your kitchen due to all its health properties.
- It boosts your immune system: Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage are revered for their cancer-fighting properties. In addition, vegetables in the cabbage family have proven to be some of the best natural sources of defense for breast-cancer survivors.
- It helps you debloat: Due to the rich levels of vitamin C and vitamin A in cabbage, kraut boasts anti-inflammatory properties! When possible, choose red cabbage over the green variety, since it boasts even higher levels of these vitamins.
Keep reading for two more healthy reasons to enjoy sauerkraut.
- It's packed with probiotics: Fermented foods have been in the news for all their probiotic properties — and their interesting taste! For vegetarians or vegans who want the "good" bacteria in probiotics, sauerkraut is one of your best nondairy options.
- It's an easy substitution: The tangy flavor fresh kraut provides is a healthy switch for people who are reliant on loads of condiments. I also like to sub it in for dressing on a green salad for an extra boost of healthy crunch.
Do you love or loathe kraut? Tell me below!