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Sauerkraut is Vegetable of Choice for September's Health in Aging Month.

FREMONT, Ohio -- The Fremont Company, one of the nation's leading producers of sauerkraut, is directing the millions of Americans who spent $18 billion on anti-aging products and services in 2004 away from the beauty aisle and towards sauerkraut in celebration of September's Health in Aging month. Sauerkraut is high in antioxidant cancer fighting compounds, fiber, vitamins, calcium and minerals is a natural compliment to any healthy aging program.

In 2000 President Bill Clinton said, "I urge government officials, health care providers, business and community leaders, and the American people to work together to promote healthy aging and to ensure that older citizens enjoy fulfilling, independent, and productive lives," thereby proclaiming Health in Aging month.

The spotlight was focused on sauerkraut with a study published in the October 23, 2002 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Finnish researchers reported that fermenting cabbage produces compounds known as isothiocyanates, shown in laboratory studies to prevent the growth of cancer. Fermentation or curing of the cabbage actually enhances its protective effects. Glucosinolates in sauerkraut activate the body's antioxidant enzymes, and flavonoids protect artery walls from oxidative damage.

According to Royane Real, author of "How You Can Be Smarter: Use Your Brain to Learn Faster, Remember Better, and Be More Creative," there is evidence that people who have a diet high in antioxidants have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease. Sauerkraut is high in protective antioxidants that help repair damage to the body's cells caused by harmful free radicals. Elmer M. Cranton, M.D. touts a Pro Longevity diet based on at least two generous servings of a variety of high antioxidant vegetables per day.

"As the population ages, people are not just concerned about looking young--they want to feel young as well," says Chris Smith, VP of Marketing for the Fremont Company. "A simple way to keep your mind sharp and your body healthy is to include sauerkraut in your diet."

Samual Hofer's recipe book, "A Passion for Sauerkraut," lists the following health benefits of sauerkraut: it strengthens the acidity of the stomach, prevents constipation, detoxifies the intestines, encourages pancreas function, re-establishes healthy intestinal flora after taking antibiotics, improves blood circulation, helps cleanse the blood, supports natural resistance against infections and strengthens the body's immune system.

It also helps lower the sugar in the blood and urine, controls a craving for sweets and alleviates morning sickness in pregnant women, among other benefits, the book says.

"Too many Americans wait for something to happen then turn to a medical solution. Sauerkraut has been part of a healthy lifestyle for close to 2000 years. Eating right is a heck of a lot more fun than taking medicine, and there are enough sauerkraut recipes on sauerkraut.com to satisfy virtually everyone," says Chris Smith.

About The Fremont Company

The Fremont Company is a 100 year old consumer food product company headquartered in Fremont, OH. The Fremont Company produces nationally distributed consumer and food service products including Franks and Snowfloss Kraut and Mississippi BBQ Sauce. The Fremont Company maintains cross promotional relationships with several major restaurant chains and is distributed in various ballparks and stadiums including Yankee Stadium. Check out other sexy and unique recipes at www.sauerkraut.com
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