When you go to a cookout this summer and there are hot dogs, there’s a good chance you’re going to see one side: sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is a condiment that comes from Germany and literally means sour cabbage, which is exactly what it is. However, a lot of people don’t realize that sauerkraut isn’t pickled it’s fermented, which means it’s super good for you!
Sauerkraut has a ton of probiotics in it because of the fermentation process it undergoes. Unfortunately, the kind you buy in a jar from the supermarket contains little to no probiotics because it’s gone through a heating process that kills a lot of the bacteria. However, if you get the refrigerated type, that one will be flooded with all the gut-healthy probiotics. Although it’s definitely a little more expensive, it’s worth going for the refrigerated type because it tastes better and is way better for you.
Sauerkraut is the perfect addition to hot dogs, Reubens, and even tossed into salads to add an acidic component. So, even though this summer you might be having more hot dogs and burgers than usual, you can at least take solace in knowing you’re doing good for your gut by eating sauerkraut.