Why Sauerkraut Is a Health Nut’s Secret Weapon

Sacha Strebe

If you've been living under a rock, then you probably haven't witnessed the health world go mad for fermented foods. While it might sound unusual, the health benefits of sauerkraut far outweigh the quirk factor. It's jam-packed with probiotics, which are living bacteria that aid digestion and boost gut health. Why is it important to have a healthy gut? Well new research from neurobiologists at Oxford University have linked gut bacteria to anxiety and depression. In short, if your gut is healthy, so is your brain, not to mention the boost of vitamins, minerals, and fiber you get from the traditional sour cabbage dish. Of course the best kind of sauerkraut is the homemade variety, and luckily it's super easy to make. In this short video, Beauticate founder Sigourney Cantelo shows you how to make your own.

Make sauerkraut in a snap with our favorite kitchen tools below.

Do you ferment your own foods at home? Share your recipe ideas in the comments.

Opening Photo: Ashley Neese

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