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How grandma’s cooking contributes to your immune defense

July 5th, 2022  

Everyone knows how important it is to strengthen the immune system, especially during this challenging time. Most of us know the recommendations of super expensive superfoods or supplements.

However, is it necessary to consume acai berries or moringa to strengthen the immune system? NO! Not only we, but also our grandparents can breathe a sigh of relief, because grandma’s home cooking also strengthens your immune system!;-)

Why grandma’s cooking can strengthen your immune system

Most of us associate Sauerkraut immediately with grandmother’s kitchen. The history of sauerkraut lies far back, because already in the 17th Jhd. one knew sauerkraut very much to estimate. At that time, many people fell ill with Skorbut, a disease that resulted from lack of vitamin C .

To counteract this, Captain James Cook introduced sauerkraut as a staple food for his sailors and was thus able to completely banish scurvy from his ships. (1)

Sauerkraut is produced from fresh white cabbage by lactic acid fermentation. Here, the sugar in the cabbage is converted into lactic acid by bacteria. ­čÖé

Today we present you a typical Austrian recipe with the Vitamin C bomb sauerkraut . Especially now that Corona is a topic, it is quite important to pay attention to the intestine. We were allowed to meet the Weight Watchers quite personally at the beginning of November and have one of their wonderful recipes nachgekocht.

This is the Lower Austrian dish Krautfleisch. The special thing about this recipe is not only that it was changed by the recipe change from the hearty to the lighter variant but also that it tastes wonderful and additionally strengthens the immune system.

Here we go to cut goulash meat ­čśÇ

The contained sauerkraut provides particularly high levels of vitamin C. By heating the sauerkraut, it contains in the cooked state even more vitamin C than in the raw state. (2)

In addition, sauerkraut is one of the probiotic foods because lactic acid bacteria are added during the fermentation of the white or pointed cabbage. (3)

These probiotics are particularly healthy for your intestine. In addition, the cabbage meat scores, because the iron of the meat can be better absorbed by the body due to the high amount of vitamin C from sauerkraut.

A little tip: to reduce the flatulence due to the sauerkraut, it helps to add caraway . The cuminaldehydes contained in caraway seeds support the formation of digestive juices, which has a positive effect on your digestive processes and can therefore improve them. (4)

Cabbage meat with parsley potatoes and skyr.

For 4 servings

Preparation time approx. 30 min.

  • 400g lean pork goulash (from the shoulder)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 500g sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons paprika powder (sweet)
  • 1 tsp caraway
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp marjoram
  • ┬Ż l vegetable soup
  • Oil, salt, pepper
  • Parsley
  • Skyr
  • Side dish: boiled potatoes


Peel and dice the onions and fry them in 1 tablespoon of oil. Add meat and roast. Mix in spices. Add soup and simmer for 10 minutes. Add sauerkraut and simmer the cabbage for about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refine with Skyr, parsley and chili. As a garnish, parsley potatoes are suitable. (4)

Enjoy your meal ­čÖé

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1. Carpenter, K. J.: The History of Scurvy and Vitamin C (Die Geschichte von Skorbut und Vitamin C). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1986

2. Gerhard G. Habermehl, Peter E. Hammann, Hans C. Krebs und W. Ternes: Naturstoffchemie: Eine Einf├╝hrung. Springer Verlag Berlin, 3. vollst. ├╝berarb. u. erw. Auflage 2008, ISBN 978-3-540-73732-2, S. 666.

3. Health benefits of fermented foods: microbiota and beyond. Maria L Marco 1, Dustin Heeney 1, Sylvie Binda 2, Christopher J Cifelli 3, Paul D Cotter 4, Benoit Folign├ę 5, Michael G├Ąnzle 6, Remco Kort 7, Gonca Pasin 8, Anne Pihlanto 9, Eddy J Smid 10, Robert Hutkins 11

4. Singh RP, et al. Cuminum cyminum ÔÇô A Popular Spice: An Updated Review. Pharmacogn J. 9(3):292-301 (2017).

5. Rezept: Quelle: ├Âsterreichische K├╝che leicht gemacht. Weight Watchers ├ľsterreich.

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