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Dr. Oz says.....

First of all, I am not a huge Dr. Oz fan....I find him intriguing and occasionally watch - and that is how I heard him talk about the colon and say that sauerkraut can be soothing to persons with IBS ~ and other similar disturbances. Even he admitted that it sounds surprising ~ but he had some patients say it was helpful.

So ~ I usually have sauerkraut on New Year's's a tradition :) and decided it didn't have to be relegated to once-a-year status. As a matter of fact, it has made a lovely and filling fall dish to have over mashed potatoes ~ and I have found it soothing! It was worth a try!

I have no idea why it works - neither did Dr. Oz. And I don't always agree with what he says, but this seemed to be worth sharing :)



I've read that kimchee actually has similar benefits. It too is cabbage--oddly enough. Maybe it has something to do with the pickling process that the cabbage goes through. I find that when I eat kimchee my stomach feels cleansed afterwards.

Yes! One of our holiday traditions includes pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day! And you know....I had forgotten about the benefits - but enjoyed the meal and I gotta tell you, the tummy does feel better!

It doesn't cause the bloating and gas that I fear with some cabbage's surpringly soothing.

Happy New Year!

I have heard of this too tho I think it may help the good bacteria in the GI that protect the gut mucosa.

oh yippee, something i can eat ty ty for the info :)

I personally get very sick on any kind of cabbage no matter how it is fixed. I have IBS-D and cabbage/brussel sprouts cause a lot of gas, I can't digest and get horrible pain and diarrhia from it. Worse than anything I eat.

I too have heard some things on the Dr Oz show that people should realize may work for some but not all. Always worth a try and if it doesn't work, nothing lost.
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