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Sauerkraut could fight bird flu, say scientists
news.telegraph ^ | 11/13/2005 | Jasper Copping

Posted on 11/14/2005 9:34:46 AM PST by Red Badger

Sauerkraut, the dish adored in Germany but much maligned in Britain, could prove to be a secret weapon against the threat of bird flu, experts revealed yesterday.

Scientists believe that the traditional recipe, which is made from chopped cabbage that is fermented for at least a month, contains a bacteria that may combat the potentially fatal disease.

Their findings follow a study in which kimchi - a spicy cabbage dish popular in South Korea and similar to sauerkraut - was fed to 13 chickens infected with bird flu. Just one week later, 11 of the birds showed signs of recovery from the virus.

"The feed has been shown to help improve the fight against bird flu or other types of flu viruses," said Prof Kang Sa-ouk, who led the research at Seoul National University, yesterday.

Prof Kang's team claims that lactobacillus, the lactic acid bacteria created during the fermenting process, is the active ingredient that could combat bird flu.

Health experts have already agreed that there may be some truth to kimchi's curative properties, prompting an increase in the consumption of the dish in South Korea.

Sales of sauerkraut in the United States have also soared as a result of the research, and now Britain is starting to catch on. Last night, importers of the dish to Britain said that sales were rising and they were increasing stocks in the expectation that demand could escalate.

Geoff Hale, the commercial manager for Euro Food Brands, said: "Sales are very buoyant at the moment. We bring in about half-a-million jars of sauerkraut to Britain from Germany every year and that number is definitely going up."

Sales of sauerkraut were up 20 per cent on this time last year at Sainsbury's, according to a spokesman for the supermarket.

Whether or not sauerkraut does cure bird flu, the dish is said to have a number of other health benefits, among them cancer-fighting and detoxifying properties.

It is also a rich source of vitamins.

One serving, which contains only 32 calories and has four grams of fibre, provides 102 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 12 per cent of iron and 35 per cent of vitamin C.

Prof Richard Mithen, from the Institute of Food Research, in Norwich, said: "Eating kimchi or sauerkraut may be good for your health and help fight off infections.

"I wouldn't recommend anyone rushing out to stock up on sauerkraut specifically to fight off bird flu, but it may help your immune system."

A further study on sauerkraut, carried out recently by Polish and American scientists, concluded that the meal might be the reason for the lower breast cancer rate observed among Polish immigrants in America.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Germany; Miscellaneous; Unclassified; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: avianflu; birdflew; birdflu; birdflue; influenza; sauerkrau; sauerkraut; virus
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1 posted on 11/14/2005 9:34:48 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Perfect, I love a good kraut dog. I'll be immune while I eat my infected chicken.


2 posted on 11/14/2005 9:36:09 AM PST by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: Red Badger

If true, then kimchee will be very, very popular..


3 posted on 11/14/2005 9:36:12 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: Red Badger

I love sauerkraut. I'm glad to find that it's healty, but does it counter-act the sausage it's usually covering?


4 posted on 11/14/2005 9:36:30 AM PST by Sterm26 (Indict....no, HANG Joe Wilson!)
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To: Red Badger

I'm doomed! Doomed, I say!


5 posted on 11/14/2005 9:36:33 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Red Badger

Think I'll have a reuben for lunch


6 posted on 11/14/2005 9:37:05 AM PST by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: Red Badger

But German sauerkraut is much different than the stuff we see here in the US. The german stuff is actually sweet. Personally, I like the US version which is tangy and don't smell like socialism.


7 posted on 11/14/2005 9:37:07 AM PST by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: Sterm26
I love sauerkraut. I'm glad to find that it's healty, but does it counter-act the sausage it's usually covering?

Good god man, you're one kinky SOB.

8 posted on 11/14/2005 9:37:23 AM PST by zarf (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!)
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To: Red Badger

And thus the god, Irony, said, "The Germans and Koreans shall inherit the Earth."


9 posted on 11/14/2005 9:37:40 AM PST by Centurion2000 ((Aubrey, Tx) --- America, we get the best government corporations can buy.)
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To: Red Badger

Good news!

I'm safe.


10 posted on 11/14/2005 9:37:54 AM PST by najida (OK, so I have a new obsession. Ain't life grand :))
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To: Red Badger

I'm a walking dead man.


11 posted on 11/14/2005 9:38:37 AM PST by Constitution Day (When life hands you lemons... Just shut and eat your damn lemons.)
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To: najida
I'm safe.

And I can become safe!

12 posted on 11/14/2005 9:38:58 AM PST by marvlus
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To: Spruce
Think I'll have a reuben for lunch

Sounds great!

I'm safe, love that sauerkraut.

Umm, Umm good.

13 posted on 11/14/2005 9:39:50 AM PST by A message
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To: bpjam
Finally - a tasty side-dish for those geese I found dead in my backyard!
14 posted on 11/14/2005 9:39:57 AM PST by dagnabbit (Vincente Fox's opening line at the Mexico-USA summit meeting: "Bring out the Gimp!")
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To: bpjam

Hot dog relish ought to do the same trick as sauerkraut.


15 posted on 11/14/2005 9:40:39 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Red Badger

I hate sauerkraut so I guess I'm a goner. Ah well, quality over quantity.


16 posted on 11/14/2005 9:41:30 AM PST by Shaun_MD (Here I abandon peace and desecrate law. Farewell to treaties. Fortune it is you I follow)
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To: Red Badger

LOL, I LOVE sauerkraut! But then I'm half German, half Bohemian. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter just aren't right without it.


17 posted on 11/14/2005 9:41:35 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Red Badger

Article written by author who has stock in Frank's Sauerkraut?


18 posted on 11/14/2005 9:41:37 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Red Badger
I just want to know who force-fed a bunch of birds this stuff and figured out it protects against this particular strain of flu. Maybe the "Krauts" developed this strain so they could inherit the earth once and for all....
19 posted on 11/14/2005 9:43:30 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Shaun_MD

You probably hate AMERICAN version of sauerkraut. German version is totally different..........


20 posted on 11/14/2005 9:44:18 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: pepsionice

Hot dog relish? cure a cold maybe........


21 posted on 11/14/2005 9:45:04 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: bpjam

Saurkraut can vary in quality and character ~


22 posted on 11/14/2005 9:46:20 AM PST by muawiyah (/ hey coach do I gotta' put in that "/sarcasm " thing again? How'bout a double sarcasm for this one)
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To: Red Badger

If the virus doesn't kill us.....the smell of the cure will.


23 posted on 11/14/2005 9:46:21 AM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: TexasCajun

Try GERMAN version of sauerkraut, totally different taste and flavor...........


24 posted on 11/14/2005 9:46:22 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger

Kraut: it's loaded with vitamin C. The "limeys" used to sail with it to prevent scurvy.
Yarrrr


25 posted on 11/14/2005 9:46:34 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: BulletBobCo

Well, the gas will keep it from being transmitted human to human........no one will come near you...........


26 posted on 11/14/2005 9:47:10 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger

I've never had authentic German sauerkraut. All I know is that the American stuff tastes like it's already been digested and recycled five or six times. I know all the sauerkraut fans are going to hate me now! lol.


27 posted on 11/14/2005 9:48:05 AM PST by Shaun_MD (Here I abandon peace and desecrate law. Farewell to treaties. Fortune it is you I follow)
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To: Constitution Day

Try GERMAN version or kim-chee, totally different........


28 posted on 11/14/2005 9:48:05 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger

There are a host of saurkraut styles all over the place ~ I wouldn't say there's any specific "German" kraut.


29 posted on 11/14/2005 9:48:19 AM PST by muawiyah (/ hey coach do I gotta' put in that "/sarcasm " thing again? How'bout a double sarcasm for this one)
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To: Red Badger
Prof Kang's team claims that lactobacillus, the lactic acid bacteria created during the fermenting process, is the active ingredient that could combat bird flu.

Lactobacillus is also prevalent in yogurt, and can be ingested in capsule or powder form. Remember to get the refrigerated kind...non-refrigerated lactobacillus or bifidus is USELESS.

30 posted on 11/14/2005 9:48:51 AM PST by montag813
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To: Abathar
"I just want to know who force-fed a bunch of birds this stuff"

The article says it was the Koreans. It's not surprising they would feed it to their birds given the popularity of kimchee there. Keep in mind that a large majority of the birds that are infected belong to private owners and are kept in almost every backyard in the country. Their owners feed them anything that's cheap and that the birds will eat.
31 posted on 11/14/2005 9:48:55 AM PST by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Shaun_MD
I hate sauerkraut so I guess I'm a goner. Ah well, quality over quantity.

You've just never had it cooked right. Soak it in several changes of water to remove all the salty taste. (May take quite a few soakings). Braise it in the oven for 4 hours on very low heat with white wine, chopped onions & carrots. I guarantee even a sauerkraut hater will like it.

Another tip for liver haters - put calves liver in the freezer. When frozen, slice it into slices so thin you could read through them. Saute in butter for a quick minute. Melts in your mouth with none of that nasty mealy texture. Try it - you'll like it!

32 posted on 11/14/2005 9:49:22 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: jwfiv

It's good to have a German Mommy that cooks on Thanksgiving.


33 posted on 11/14/2005 9:49:32 AM PST by Serb5150 (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42)
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To: Shaun_MD

"All I know is that the American stuff tastes like it's already been digested and recycled five or six times. I know all the sauerkraut fans are going to hate me now! lol."

How dare you criticise the kraut! Who the he!! do you think you are! Nah, I'm just kidding, saurkraut isn't for everybody.


34 posted on 11/14/2005 9:50:27 AM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: Shaun_MD

Take a can of American kraut, drain it, rinse it in strainer, put it in a skillet, add a tablespoon of bacon fat and a sprinkle of sugar across top, stir and heat thoroughly.........close to it......


35 posted on 11/14/2005 9:51:11 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: bpjam

the best thing about kraut happens late at night, while lying next to your peaceful, unsuspecting wife....heh heh heh heh...


36 posted on 11/14/2005 9:51:23 AM PST by hiramknight
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To: Centurion2000
And thus the god, Irony, said, "The Germans and Koreans shall inherit the Earth."

LOL!!

37 posted on 11/14/2005 9:51:27 AM PST by A message
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To: Tokra

I will certainly try that. Sounds very good. I have not tried sauerkraut or liver in ages. My taste has changed so maybe it will be different this time around.


38 posted on 11/14/2005 9:51:43 AM PST by Shaun_MD (Here I abandon peace and desecrate law. Farewell to treaties. Fortune it is you I follow)
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To: Red Badger

Raw cabbage has the same properties and may even be better.


39 posted on 11/14/2005 9:52:11 AM PST by Sweetjustusnow (The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger
Sales of sauerkraut in the United States have also soared as a result of the research,

Do you suppose the reporter just made this part up? This is the first I've heard of the supposed curative powers of sauerkraut in combating bird flu; but the reporter is making it sound like it's common knowledge in the states and we are flocking to buy sauerkraut because of it.

40 posted on 11/14/2005 9:53:25 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: muawiyah

True, but many different German styles, are far superior to American types from the can........


41 posted on 11/14/2005 9:53:29 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: hiramknight

sick, truly sick.


42 posted on 11/14/2005 9:53:30 AM PST by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: Tokra
Soak it in several changes of water to remove all the salty taste. (May take quite a few soakings). Braise it in the oven for 4 hours on very low heat with white wine, chopped onions & carrots. I guarantee even a sauerkraut hater will like it.

Bookmarked now to save my wife.

Thanks.

43 posted on 11/14/2005 9:53:39 AM PST by A message
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To: bpjam

"sick, truly sick."


Hey!! That's exactly what my wife yells from under the covers after I pull them over her head!!!!


44 posted on 11/14/2005 9:57:06 AM PST by hiramknight
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To: Red Badger

Americans will sure be annoyed when they learn that sauerkraut on our store shelves almost certainly lacks this bacteria. I'm fairly sure that the product would be heat-treated before packaging in this country.


45 posted on 11/14/2005 9:57:30 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: Junior_G

I always have kraut in my pantry. Many people have never even eaten it, so they are trying it out I suppose........


46 posted on 11/14/2005 9:58:16 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Shalom Israel

I love Hebrew National Kraut in the bags, but I don't know if the canned stuff is processed the same or not..........


47 posted on 11/14/2005 9:59:56 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger

It sure fights any affection in my household.


48 posted on 11/14/2005 10:01:44 AM PST by wardaddy (Captain Spaulding (the perfect dinner guest))
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To: Red Badger
Most people like the kind they grew up with. Fresh sauerkraut is readily available, as is canned sauerkraut.

Still, it doesn't matter if it's fresh or canned if you leave it out for a day or two to "ripen" or "freshen".

Best bet, though, is to simply go to your friendly neighborhood asian market and buy a jar of kimchi. It'll always be "fresh" ~ that's why it's kept in the refrigerator.

Asian people who never ate kimchi in their lives have learned to use it in America to help their digestive tracts overcome lactose found in many foods such as bread and pastry.

Someday kimchi will be part of the standard table in this country, just like pepper, salt, sugar, vinegar and paprika.

49 posted on 11/14/2005 10:02:50 AM PST by muawiyah (/ hey coach do I gotta' put in that "/sarcasm " thing again? How'bout a double sarcasm for this one)
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To: zarf

Ack!
Pork chops, then?


50 posted on 11/14/2005 10:11:58 AM PST by Sterm26 (Indict....no, HANG Joe Wilson!)
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