I've been reading a little bit because I just bought some bottled (dead) sauerkraut. I found a few readings that suggest your body can still use them.
This is significant for me because about 2 days ago I ate some sauerkraut and today my intense carb cravings have subsided drastically. Up until today I've had crazy carb cravings for about the past 2 months...gained about 15 lbs...ate about 12 lbs of yams in 4 days!
anybody believe in this? placebo effect? coincidence?
***I also just realized I haven't had coconut oil in 2 days.
asked byAndrew_13 (2349)
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on September 08, 2012
at 11:41 AM
I believe you brother! What you witnessed was truly a wonder!
Seriously, I think it is true, that pasteurized sauerkraut is beneficial, for the following reasons:
- It is not possible to kill 100% of bacteria, so probably some remained.
- After you opened the can it might have been repopulated by lacto bacteria as it was already predigested (it could also promote healthy flora in your guts as an ideal food for it)
- It is often served cooked (with sausages). I think people wouldn't do this traditionally if it was big loss of nutritional value.
- A lot of fermented vegetables are pasteurized for long term storage (used to be done a lot in Europe before introduction of whole year fresh produce), but healing properties remain (for example juice from pickles saves from hangover magically)
I think some things are really overestimated in paleo community which complicates things without need, like having raw stuff or grain fed vs grass fed.
on September 08, 2012
at 03:23 AM
Interesting! I find sauerkraut fantastic for keeping carb cravings at bay also. I have it almost every day, and love it mixed in with grass-fed ground beef gently cooked in coconut oil. I rarely eat nuts but today I mixed some sauerkraut (including a lot of its juice) with organic almond butter and it was great together, both the taste and texture. I had hoped to be getting those probiotics, but that makes sense that they would be dead since bottled. Must find someone who makes it locally...