While long being a staple of Germanic diets, sauerkraut has seen a year-on-year increase in popularity around the globe, winning fans with its sharp taste and health-giving properties. But, what about the juice that’s left when the sauerkraut is finished?
Why is this juice becoming a trend?
Whether you make your own sauerkraut or buy it ready prepared in jars, you’ll be left with a lot of sauerkraut juice which up to now you have probably just thrown away. But, not only is sauerkraut juice delicious, people are beginning to recognise that it’s packed full of health-giving nutrients. As such, it certainly seems set to be a lifestyle food trend in Singapore in the coming months. So, rather than discarding the juice, what can you do with it?
The health benefits of sauerkraut juice?
Sauerkraut is a fermented food, meaning that it’s full of probiotics alongside its fibre, vitamin and mineral content. Probiotics are known to protect healthy bacteria in the gut, which in turn promotes healthy immune and digestive systems. Just incorporate a little sauerkraut and its juice into your diet and you will almost certainly feel a boost in your overall health and energy levels. Fermented foods also protect the digestive system from yeast infections and the damage done by antibiotic use. Potassium in the juice lowers blood pressure and helps the body process protein more efficiently while the high iron content staves off fatigue. The only downside is the high sodium content, but both low-sodium sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice can now be purchased.
How to use sauerkraut juice?
One of the most effective ways of using sauerkraut juice is by drinking it as a morning and evening shot instead of taking probiotic tablets. Although the sharp tangy flavour is not to everyone’s taste, you only need a few mouthfuls for it to be effective. When making salad dressings, replace lemon or vinegar with some of the juice or splash a little over meat and vegetables instead of using salt. If you can’t resist crisps and other snacks, you can also make a healthy dip using the juice from your sauerkraut. It can be given to your pets, who enjoy the benefits of a healthy gut as much as you do. When diluted, it can even be used as a facial toner that restores the pH level of your skin!
Healthy eating in Singapore
The benefits of adding health-giving sauerkraut juice to your diet are clear and you might be tempted to think about eating more healthily at every meal. foodpanda helps you do this by bringing products from Singapore’s health shops such as GNC (Toa Payoh) and healthy restaurants that include Absolute Acai (Novena) and QQ Rice (Square 2) right to your doorstep.