Being pregnant, my first thought was "Can I eat sauerkraut while pregnant?" I was surprised and very excited to learn that it is actually really good for pregnant women. At the end of pregnancy a woman's body must produce additional red blood cells to support the developing baby. Many women must add additonal iron into their diets at this point to ward off anemia. My doctor recently put me on iron supplements for this very reason. I have been trying to add more into my diet as well. A cup of sauerkraut contains 2 mg of iron. Yay!
I was also amazed to learn that, according to the Great Lakes Kraut Company, the compound Indole-3-Carbinol found in cabbage has been linked to a lower risk of childhood cancer when a woman eats foods that contain it during pregnancy. I am stocking up! I did find that it is high in sodium though, so as not to increase my risk of high blood pressure, I am going to eat it in moderation.
Needless to say, the woman with the free samples made a sale. I made Chicken Tacos with Wildbrine's Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut Salad. Corn tortillas, a little leftover chicken, celery, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa topped with the sauerkraut. I swear it was amazing. Reminiscent of the cabbage on fish tacos. These tacos can be thrown together with whatever leftovers are laying around and the health benefits are so numerous that it is now on my lunch rotation.
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