Canned food is not what comes in mind when one thinks of a healthy meal. I agree. But every rule has its exceptions. Here is one: Libby’s Bavarian Style Sauerkraut with caraway seeds for $0.75 a can of almost half a kilo. Indeed, not only this canned food is relatively healthy, it is also:
- Potentially anti-cancer and
- Economical food!
The DyeDiet risk and nutrition diagram looks rather green than yellow and contains no red segments at all.
Accordingly, by choosing this sauerkraut you will allow NO questionable food additives DDFI = 0/9 = 0 that could terrorize your body but a good nutritional value of DDNF = 9/5 ~ 2 and delicious natural product are what you will get in reward. A serving of two tablespoons of Libby’s Bavarian Style Sauerkraut provides 1% of your daily potassium. Beware, that the product is high in sodium 112% and relatively high in sugar (7 teaspoons), but it is unlikely that anyone will eat the whole can content at once. Caraway seeds naturally offer you anise-like flavor and aroma that comes from essential oils. Enjoy!
Bavarian Kraut & Pork Goulash Recipe
1 can Libby’s Bavarian Style Sauerkraut; 2 lbs. boneless pork chops, cubed; 4 tbsp. olive oil; 2 medium sweet white onions, chopped; 1 cup green pepper, diced; 1.5 tsp. paprika; 0.5 lb. spiral pasta; 1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste; 1 (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes; 1 tbsp. brown sugar; ¼ tsp. garlic powder; salt and pepper (optional).
In kettle cook pork in olive oil until lightly browned. Add onions, green pepper and paprika; simmer until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile prepare pasta as directed on package. Stir in cooked pasta, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, brown sugar and garlic powder. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add undrained sauerkraut and simmer for 15 more minutes. This makes 4-6 servings. Enjoy!
NOTE: I will skip brown sugar and use fresh tomatoes and lots of fresh garlic instead.
Cabbage is potential anti-cancer food
Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamin C and soluble fibre and contain multiple nutrients and phytochemicals with potential anticancer properties: Indole-3-carbinol, diindolylmethane, sulforaphane and selenium.
However, according to a recent study, while these compounds alter the metabolism or activity of sex hormones in ways that could inhibit the development of hormone-sensitive cancers, evidence of an inverse association between cruciferous vegetable intake and breast or prostate cancer in humans is limited and inconsistent. Small preliminary trials in humans suggest that Indole-3-carbinol supplementation may be beneficial in treating conditions related to human papilloma virus infection, such as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, but larger randomized controlled trials are needed.
Anyway, fresh or mildly cooked vegetables are helpful for prevention of many cancers and supporting patients during treatment.
Bottom line. Yes, maybe additional trials needed to demonstrate anti-cancer effectiveness of cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables. But what do you think eating popular food surrogates and drinking heavily marketed chemical liquids is? This is ignorant careless participation in the undeclared nationwide trials to prove detrimental health effects of food chemicals that have never even been thought to produce any health benefits. Let me tell you, I do not take part in this madness, I cook and eat cabbage. Of course, cooking fresh vegetables will offer you much healthier meal but as an on the go version, Libby’s Bavarian Style Sauerkraut is OK too.