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Is sauerkraut healthy?

  1. Suppose you have sauerkraut on the menu today, what do you actually have on your plate? And is sauerkraut healthy? Yes and no. It's true, sauerkraut has some very good qualities, but also a negative one. You can't eat too much of it. Why is that and why does your body benefit from sauerkraut on your menu?

What is sauerkraut

  1. Sauerkraut is actually white cabbage. Lactic acid bacteria are added to the white cabbage, making it more acidic. Hence the name sauerkraut.

Is it healthy?

  1. Sauerkraut contains lactic acid bacteria Because sauerkraut contains live lactic acid bacteria, it gets a number of health benefits. The lactic acid bacteria ensure that the digestive system and intestines work better. In addition, they ensure that bad bacteria in the intestine are reduced and that the good bacteria are replenished. There is a condition to the live lactic acid bacteria in sauerkraut. The bacteria do not survive in heat. If you want to experience the benefits of the lactic acid bacteria, you should therefore not cook sauerkraut. In addition, you should not buy already heated sauerkraut. Look for a fresh sauerkraut to experience the benefits.

Sauerkraut contains a lot of vitamin C

  1. Sauerkraut contains 25 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. According to the Nutrition Center, as an adult you need 75 mg of vitamin C per day. So suppose you eat 100 grams of sauerkraut, then you already have 33.3% of your recommended daily intake.

Sauerkraut contains a lot of vitamin K

  1. Calcium strengthens the bones, but then it has to get and stay in the bones. This is where vitamin K comes in handy. It ensures that calcium stays in the bones and does not enter the blood vessels.

What should you pay attention to when eating sauerkraut?

  1. Although sauerkraut has many good health benefits, you shouldn't overeat it. This is because it also contains a lot of sodium (sodium is a mineral that is part of salt). 100 grams of sauerkraut contains 600 mg of sodium. This is a considerable amount, given that the nutrition center recommends consuming 1.5 grams and taking a maximum of 2.4 grams. Therefore, do not overdo your intake of sauerkraut, as sodium is strongly associated with the development of high blood pressure.

Types of sauerkraut


    1. Wine sauerkraut is what the name suggests. If you look at HAK's wine sauerkraut, 2% wine has been added. This is done to enhance the flavor and thereby make it less sour.

    Herb Sauerkraut

    1. With herb sauerkraut herbs and possibly vegetables are added in the process. This can be carrots, peppers and leeks, for example.

    Which strain is the healthiest?

    1. As you can see, the natural and the herb sauerkraut hardly differ from each other. The herb sauerkraut has 1 gram of protein, but is otherwise the same. The wine sauerkraut, on the other hand, has a completely different composition. It has more dietary fiber, but also more sugars and fat. If you had to choose from the above choices, the herbal sauerkraut is the healthiest.

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