Can you eat too much sauerkraut?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM

So I??ve been reading a lot about how good sauerkraut is and I have even started making my own. Now the good thing is I really like it... but my question is, can you eat too much of it, so that it would end up having a negative effect instead? How much per day would be a recommended amount?




on July 19, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I have cut down my kimchi intake over the last six months. I used to eat about 6-8 ounces daily with dinner. I just thought it was too much, too often. Now I have one singl ounce every other day. Nothing bad ever happened to me but I began to fear not having it around

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on July 20, 2012
at 12:16 AM

IMO it is self limiting. Whatever you can consume is probably just enough :)


on July 20, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Campbell-McBeide wrote about excessive "die-off" off the bacteria in the late portion of your digestive system. It takes time, according to her, to develop the ability to consume large amounts of probiotic bacteria. However, the period of time for each person varies. Some of her patients have taken a few weeks others a few months. I feel that her position on this may be true considering my experiences with large amounts in one sitting that lead to gas and bloating. I've never felt any painful or otherwise deleterious effects but my wife did! ;-)


on July 19, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I would think that if you ate too much of it, you would feel the rather immediate effects like bloating and diarrhea.

The following link indicates that it eating too much sauerkraut can be deleterious to the thyroid if it isn't mitigated with iodine: http://nourishedandnurtured.blogspot.com/2011/05/thyroid-goitrogens-and-recipe-for.html

I've seen other people go off on the sodium content if you eat too much, but I don't know about that.

1/2 cup is more than plenty per day, imo.

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