You'd miss out on the probiotics with the in the bag stuff. It's all pasturized which kills the good guys off. If you want to go premade, get some Bubbie's sauerkraut or some kimchi. Full of the reasons that fermented foods are good for you.
Sure...just check the ingredient list to make certain its not loaded with crap.
Making your own is VERY easy. 1.5 pound of cabbage (small head) chopped...add about 1 tablespoon of salt....mash it to get the water out....put in a jar and make sure it stays under the water line for 1-4 weeks. EZPZ. And you get all the great probiotics that a live ferment gives. I have yet to find a store version that even comes close to comparing.
K sorry for the rant....you already said you were not up to making your own yet :)
Kimchi is a lot easier to make IMO, and it's tasty every time.
I don't know where you live, but I know Whole Foods sells a brand of sauerkraut in the fridge in a bag that is basically cabbage and salt and also not pasteurized. I am sorry, I don't remember the brand name.
The probiotics and nutrients are in the 100% organic, raw sauerkraut. Try EATProbiotics- they pack their sauerkraut with 100% organic cabbage and it is packed with probiotics. Good stuff
Being a paleo girl myself, I couldn't help but overhear your conversation . I have a little sauerkraut company in Santa Cruz that makes raw, organic krauts. If you want to make sure you're getting the probiotics make sure your kraut says" Raw". If it ain't raw, the lactic acid that makes kraut probiotic have likely been destroyed as is Vit C when exposed to heat.
We make kraut/kimchi hybrids and are available in 12 states and online. Our Smoked Jalapeno kraut is especially yum. You can check us out at www.farmhouseculture.com. Hope this wasn't too much of a plug. Cheers, Kathryn Lukas