No matter whether you like your Sweet or your Dill gherkins best, chances are you never thought of them as a health food! Fermented foods, whether made with salt or vinegar fermentation, are amazing for your health. In fact, we’d say it should be any health- or diet-focused individuals go-to snack! Here’s why:
1) Salt-fermented pickles keep your stomach healthy
Lacto-fermented gherkins, where salt is used in the fermentation process to produce lactic acid, are incredible for our overall health. They’re packed with the probiotics you need to balance your stomach health, especially if you have been sick, don’t eat a healthy diet, or have gastric concerns. That’s why a Dill pickle can be great for when you feel queasy, too. Packing more lacto-fermented foods into your daily life is a recipe for balanced gut health- and our general wellbeing starts in the stomach! Gherkins will keep you bloat-free, regular, and healthy.
2) Boost your vitamin and antioxidant intake
Alongside those important probiotics, gherkins are packed with vitamins A, C, and E. These aren’t just vitamins, though. They’re also powerful antioxidants that will help prevent dangerous free radicals from pollution damaging your cells. That means a healthier, happier body- and less aging, too! They’re also key components of the immune system.
3) Stay hydrated, banish cramps, and have a better workout
What goes well with a healthy diet? Exercise! Whether you’re just trying to get a little healthier, or are already an avid gym bunny, gherkins should be on your radar. Serious athletes have long known that vinegar-based pickle juice is great to relieve workout cramps and even restore fluid balance if you’re dehydrated. It works even better than water!
That’s because vinegar can soothe the aggravated nerves causing the cramp. As for dehydration, it’s not just about lost water. Heavy and prolonged exercise robs us of important minerals too- especially sodium and potassium. Both of these are found in pickle juice.
Of course, unlike many ‘energy’ or ‘restorative’ drinks, gherkins and gherkin juice are completely fat-free too!
4) Regulate blood sugar (and lose some weight too)
Keeping blood sugar well balanced is a critical part of good health. Poorly regulated blood sugar contributes to Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, and is the number 1 factor for stalled weight loss too. It will also leave you feeling tired, listless, and without energy. A small serving of vinegar before your meal, however, helps the body regulate blood sugar better. With steady blood sugar, your metabolism can work better- and you may find a few inches sneaking off your waistline, too.
Who doesn’t love a crunchy, tasty gherkin? Now you know how good they are for you too, there’s no reason not to stock your pantry full of your favourite Miami gherkins!