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January 6, 2012

Dr. Oz show: Eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer

Filed under: Germany, Health, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:12 am

Yesterday I was surprised to hear on the Dr. Oz show on TV that eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer. If this is true, then there should be no stomach cancer in Germany where sauerkraut is the national dish.

On the same show, sauerkraut was mentioned as one of the foods that are high in sodium.  Two experts on stomach cancer, Dr. Peter Kozuch and Dr. Robynne Chutkan were guests on the show. They told about the warning signs and symptoms of stomach cancer, and also the risk factors.  Dr. Kozuch said that salt can damage the mucosa lining of the stomach, which means that too much sodium can cause stomach cancer.  Dr. Chutkan said that eating meat products that contain nitrate is also a cancer risk factor.  She said that eating a hot dog occasionally is O.K. but not every night.  If these experts are right, then everyone in Germany is at risk for stomach cancer because the Germans eat a lot sausage and sauerkraut.

Now I’m confused.  Should I eat sauerkraut to prevent stomach cancer or should I avoid sauerkraut because it is very high in sodium and might actually cause stomach cancer?

Dr. Oz also recommends sauerkraut as a Belly Blaster food.  He says that sauerkraut is great for getting rid of belly fat because the way the gut metabolizes food controls how we get calories into our body.  If you do not have healthy bacteria in your gut, then your body tends to absorb more calories, so Dr. Oz says that he is a huge fan of taking probiotic supplements.  But Dr. Oz also says that another way to get probiotics and healthy bacteria into your gut is by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut.  On his show, Dr. Oz suggested putting sauerkraut onto a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, instead of eating hot dogs with sauerkraut.

But if sauerkraut prevents belly fat, there should be no one in Germany with a big belly.

Another food that is very high in sodium is Miso soup, a famous Japanese health food. Dr. Oz says that one of the reasons that women in Japan might be so skinny is because they eat so much Miso Soup. Or is it because the Japanese just naturally have a higher metabolism?

Now I don’t know if I should eat Miso soup because Dr. Oz says it is a belly blasting food or if I should avoid it because a high sodium diet can cause stomach cancer.