The homemade sauerkraut European immigrants brought with them to United States included a wider variety of ingredients than fermented cabbage and salt. Apples, turnips, juniper berries, wine, garlic — and Brussels sprouts — were all part of the mix.
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In spite of its health benefits, most sauerkraut is loaded with salt. If you’re on a low-sodium diet, you may be better off avoiding sauerkraut entirely, or making your own at home with a low-salt recipe.
Sauerkraut is a good source of fiber and other essential nutrients, including iron and vitamins K and C.
Sauerkraut will spoil quickly if it becomes too warm (it will turn brown if it does), so keep it in a cool place, such as a refrigerator or root cellar.