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About the Origin of Pickles and Its Multiple Health Benefits…

By Cody Subscribe to RSS | January 13th 2012 | Views:

Pickles are among the most prominent side dishes in households all over the world. The specialty of having pickle in your dining room is that it is a simple and quick side dish that goes well with all kinds of dishes. Ask your grandparents which side dish they like the most and they will say pickles, almost 10 out of 10 times. It is simple, tasty, and healthy.

Pickling is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. The art of making pickles has been in practice for over thousands of years. The origin of pickles stretches back to around 3000 years. Initially, pickles were used to preserve food and were used predominantly by people who went out for holidays; that is people who were in need of a side dish that could last during the entire course of the trip, as pickles never got spoiled. Since then, pickles have been a regular part of people’s food. People also love them for their deliciousness and the variety of flavors. Moreover, pickles also have a lot of health benefits to offer. There are different flavors of pickles each made of different vegetables and fruits and having its own health benefits. Pickles are generally have a low fat content, low sugar content and are also low in calories. This is great news particularly for folks who are on dieting. Pickles made from cucumber are good for digestion and are believed to prevent the deadly disease of cancer. Generally, pickles made from vegetables are rich in calcium and iron. Health professionals recommend eating fruits and vegetables at least five times a day. Adding a variety of pickles made of fruits and vegetables to your diet can be great. The spices added to the pickles are also good for your health. For instance, the mustard seed used in pickles is good for the digestive system.

And Pickles are generally made by two methods. One is done by a process called fermenting and the other is done by adding vinegar. Fermented pickles contain bacteria that limit the growth of the harmful bacteria in our intestine and aids in good digestion. The lactic acid present in the pickle helps to improve blood circulation and lower the blood pressure. This is good particularly for diabetic people. The vinegar that is added to pickles is also good for the health. Vinegar helps to enhance immunity and makes digestion easy. It also helps to maintain a pretty normal blood pressure and is also good for treating urinary infections. Vinegar coalesced with the salt in the pickle acts as an anti-bacterial agent. Apple cider vinegar is another common ingredient used in pickles. The apple cider vinegar contains several nutrients and minerals that are also good for the health. Sports people consume pickle juice to prevent muscle cramping. Pickles can be bought from the stores or they can also be made at home. I hope all your doubts about the health benefits of pickles should be clear by now. So, you can enjoy your favorite variety of pickle without any more confusion.

Tips to preserve pickles for longer duration:

Always put them in clean, odour-free containers. Pickle is more prone to being spoiled or covered with fungus. So, make sure that you pour vegetable oil up such that it covers the entire fluid. If you are preserving pickles in glass bottles, then sterilize the bottle well and see to that you wipe out the water completely with a clean cloth before putting pickle in it. Remember, they may get affected by fungus if water goes in to the container. So, make sure that your hands and spoons are dry and clean when you use the pickles. Another good method of preserving pickles is by adding a couple of tea spoons of vinegar to the container. This will prevent the formation of fungi on the top layer of the pickle.

If you want to know how to make pickles at home you can refer any of the websites available on the Internet. I gathered all these information with my high-speed Internet connection powered by Verizon FiOS Bundles.

Cody - About Author:
Cody is a freelance writer who enjoys writing on a range of topics including food, health, and relationships. He gathers a lot of information from his Internet connection included in the Verizon FiOS Bundles

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