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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.


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    Comment by Marlena Coxon — March 27, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  2. Whoever says that fermented food isn’t good needs to be shot. There’s tons of research to support the fact that it improves health but like everything, must be done with balance and good sense.

    Comment by Ree — May 12, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  3. The part about sauerkraut salad was not part of the stomach cancer segment, it followed it. Stomach cancer is the one thing sauerkraut would not prevent. This was so confusing, and to make it worse, the info on the DR OZ website didn’t include fermented foods in the list of foods to avoid. Someone did a really poor job putting together that show.

    Comment by Carol — February 4, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  4. Regarding preventing stomach cancer, I believe one of the things to avoid was fermented foods. Later on the show it was mentioned to eat fermented foods to help prevent colon and breast cancer. I listen to a radio show “The Natural Health Show” and the host Dr. Mincolla states that fermented foods are no good. I found only one site “rawfoodexplained” that said fermented food is harmful. All other sites said it was beneficial. My husband died of cancer at a young age; therefore my strongest interest is health and nutrition. It is difficult and frustrating to form an opinion from conficting information.

    Comment by Karen — January 12, 2012 @ 8:05 am

  5. Modern sauerkraut lacks a certain something:

    “But the Germans–the Germans are very neat, clean people, but they do not mind that the soap with which they wash is made from human fat. Or that the cabbage from which they made their sauerkraut was fertilized with human bones.”

    – Rabbi P. N. Gross

    The Pittsburgh Press – May 8, 1945 – p. 15

    Comment by Black Rabbit — January 7, 2012 @ 6:01 am

    • Thanks for the link. I did a new blog post about the Gross family.

      As for cabbage being fertilized with human bones, the Germans would not have done that because it would have been too gross.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 7, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  6. They were bad mouthing Dr. Oz on alternative internet talk radio this morning because he promotes vaccines and the NWO is conducting their culling of populations through vaccination programs here and abroad. They said any doctors promoted by the mainstream media, or connected with Oprah should be considered suspect. Believe it or Not! Even if sauerkraut doesn’t cure cancer or pot bellies I recommend eating it because it’s delicious. Try it with pickled herring, instead of coffee, in the morning as kick starter.

    Comment by who+dares+wings — January 6, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    • There are new outbreaks of measles, which can be deadly in adults. Most native Americans who died after the Europeans came died from new diseases (mostly measles), not weapons. The new outbreaks are due to certain communities’ refusal to vaccinate. Why are vaccines supposed to be bad?

      Comment by Leela — October 24, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

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