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Is Sauerkraut the New Viagra?

By February 9, 2013

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A Croatian nutritionist claims sauerkraut is the holistic, or natural, version of Viagra. As reported in the Croatian Times in June 2009, in her book "Nutrition of the 21st Century" (published in Croatia in 2009), Lejla Kazinic Kreho says, "Many are completely unaware that pickled cabbage is one of the most-powerful aphrodisiacs."
Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffins
Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffins
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As to its ED solution properties, the debate rages on. It is known, however, that sauerkraut has a raft of health benefits. It's packed with vitamins (especially C) and minerals, is an immune booster, balances the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, might be a flu fighter, and its antioxidant properties are thought to combat cancer.

Those facts alone seem like great reasons to try these Eastern European sauerkraut recipes and to take a look at how sauerkraut is made.

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October 30, 2009 at 9:44 am
(1) Ilona says:

I have to take exception to Barb’s comment that Hungarian baking borrowed from Austrian baking which in turn borrowed from French. Austro-Hungarian baking in general is a world away from French pastries, and in fact one of the most famous French baked goods – the croissant – was acually first baked in Vienna, to celebrate the ousting of the Turks in the 16th century. That is why it is shaped like a crescent, to invoke the crescent symbol of the Muslim world.
I would agree that there has been much borrowing among the Austro-Hungarian peoples, with basic recipes getting their own versions in different lands. But I would argue that most of the best cakes and desserts actually originated in Hungary, where pastry was always seen as the highest expression of Hungarian culinary culture and tradition. I am biased of course, but your listing of Hungarian desserts inspired me to write.

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