In Romania in particular, the approach of the cold season coincides with the moment when many Romanians think of sauerkraut. Buying coal and then preparing it for grazing has been a tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Somehow, sauerkraut has always been seen as a reliable ally that helps many families get through the winter more easily. Why was this conclusion formed among many Romanians?
For starters, it is worth mentioning that sauerkraut is a solution for many housewives and it perfectly complements with pork, which is also present on Romanian tables, especially in the cold season.
Whether we are talking about sarmale, sauerkraut, cabbage soup or cabbage salad with oil and pepper, sauerkraut is always a solution on the Romanian menu. In addition, as it is known, it contains a significant amount of vitamin C, ideal for strengthening our immunity when the cold comes.
What does a nutritionist say about sauerkraut?
At the same time, according to nutritionist Florin Ioan Bălănică, the sauerkraut from the barrel or pot revitalizes and tonalizes the body. Moreover, it is the only food that contains a lot of vitamin B 12 but also minerals. These include magnesium, folate, potassium, iron and iodine.
They act as a catalyst and slow down the aging process. And that’s not all. They protect the nervous system and prevent memory loss.
“Mineral salts, ferments and enzymes from the fermentation process, such as vitamin U, the vitamin anti-ulcer, which is destroyed by boiling, make this juice into a nutritional adjuvant in the treatment of ulcer diseases.
Cabbage is also a good probiotic, the food is helped in this sense by lactic acid, which acts as a preservative. In sauerkraut are the so-called friendly bacteria, which have the role of regulating the intestinal flora.
Salted coal is ideal for constipation
It contains a lot of glass fiber and therefore helps intestinal transit. Regular consumption of sauerkraut juice can normalize digestion but also prevent constipation.
I recommend to patients who want to lose weight to consume cabbage and sauerkraut juice, because it stimulates fat burning and normalizes appetite ″, Bălănică told csid.ro.
Caution! Those who have kidney problems and are hypertensive should skip the urge to eat sauerkraut. “Through the fermentation process, isothiocyanates play an important role in eliminating carcinogens from the body, glucosinolates from sauerkraut help activate natural antioxidant enzymes and flavonoids protect the walls of arteries from oxidative damage.
Also, those who are diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease should avoid excessive consumption because the high sodium content alleviates the symptoms, which can aggravate the condition itself.
Patients with thyroid disease should avoid including them in the menu, because sauerkraut juice can interfere with iodine secretion. In the cold season, when the body is susceptible to respiratory infections, I recommend a cure with cabbage juice, because it is rich in vitamins and minerals that contribute to the vitaminization of the body and strengthen the immune system added, added the nutritionist.