Although the stores and can now find all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as to the summer, it’s not the best food for this time of year. Traditional pickles has its advantages, especially sauerkraut and beetroot.
Sauerkraut is one of the foods that can significantly improve digestion. Is obtained by fermentation of cabbage sežeg lactic acid fermentation. Sauerkraut is foods with large amounts of plant fiber, with few carbohydrates, richer with probiotics than the capsules that we can buy at the pharmacy. Sometimes digestion is disrupted due to alterations in intestinal flora (friendly bacteria), and the consumption of sauerkraut can “fix” the intestinal flora. This contributes not only to improve digestion, but also improve immune system, because immune system is directly dependent on the quality of the intestinal flora. Sauerkraut is also a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K. One cup of sour cabbage contains 35% of the recommended daily doses of both vitamins. Sauerkraut contains iron, which is essential for good blood count during the winter. What is with these foods well, is a combination of vitamin C and iron, since it is known that vitamin C enhances iron absorption.
This is a great winter foods rich in plant fiber and with low amount of calories. It is a rich source of potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper. Beetroot is also rich in folates necessary for DNA synthesis in the cells. Beetroot is rich in betaine, material that contributes to lowering the amino acid homocysteine in the blood. (Homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, because it promotes blood clotting and contributes to the formation of deposits on the walls of blood vessels.) It is also rich in flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiviral and antifungal properties. Beetroot is better not to cook and do not put together with pickles ( as it traditionally does ) but the best way is to consume fresh. It can be grated or chopped in a salad, or serve fresh chopped or grated with the cooked dish, or thin slices of beetroot can align to the sandwiches.