Podcast: Gut Bacteria May Cause and Fight Disease, Obesity. NPR All Things Considered
The beautiful Reuben, one of my favorite sandwiches, contains sauerkraut, which that alone would qualify this sandwich as healthy especially if you use the live version. Add the soy tempeh and top with homemade mayonnaise instead of cheese, you have one dynamite and super satisfying, tempeh Reuben sandwich. You can even add a pinch of chipotle and some capers or chopped pickles to the mayo to mimic the effect of the traditional Thousand Island dressing.
Sauerkraut, you may know, can be a live food – one that influences the bacteria in your gut. This has become a hot topic recently with articles in Scientific American on “The Neuroscience of the Gut,” and this podcast (above), Gut Bacteria May Cause and Fight Disease, Obesity. Probiotics should be consumed to enhance the beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, which helps create a healthy environment in your gut, offering a boost in the way you absorb and assimilate the nutrients you consume.
Truly raw, live and organic sauerkraut that is low in sodium can be pretty pricey, selling at $10-15 a jar. For the same price, you can make several batches of your own, which can last you an entire season. You can also have fun with the variations, adding beets, carrots, seaweed, juniper berries, coriander seeds, etc.
Serve your Reuben Sandwich with a crunchy dill pickle, side salad or smooth and refreshing Avocado, Papaya Soup for a delectable, hearty and well-rounded plant-based lunch you can feel good about.
And, watch Dr. Greger's video about mental health and gut bacteria here for even more news on how these little critters affect our well-being.
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