Sauerkraut is made from the crisp center leaves of the finest quality cabbages which are shredded, salted and cured for several weeks in huge wooden or concrete vats.
•Americans annually consume 387 million pounds of sauerkraut, or about 1.5 pounds per person per year.
•Sauerkraut is fat free.
•It also is low in calories, with one cup of undrained sauerkraut having only 44 calories, and one cup of sauerkraut juice has only 22.
•It provides almost one-third of the US RDA for vitamin C, plus other important nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. One cup also provides approximately 8 grams of fiber.
•Medical and health experts recommend eating several servings of cruciferous vegetables each week to reduce the risk of cancer of the colon.* Sauerkraut, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and turnips, is a cruciferous vegetable.
Sauerkraut can be eaten raw and contains many beneficial nutrients.
Specifically, 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw sauerkraut has:
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