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Overview

Benefits of Pickles And Its Side Effects

The process of pickling is popular all across the world. In the traditional pickling, vegetables and fruits were submerged in brine or salted and shredded. Before transferring the food to vinegar, it may be soaked in brine to reduce the moisture content of the food. In the commercial pickling, preservative like EDTA or sodium benzoate may be added. This increases the shelf life of the pickles, while in fermentation, the food used for pickling produces preservative all by itself. It has a lot many health benefits but pickles must be consumed in moderation as there are side effects also.

Benefits of Pickles And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Pickles
Nutritional Value of Pickles
Nutritional facts Per 143 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Pickles
Contains antioxidants
Prevents digestive problems
Vital minerals
Builds immunity
Reduces sugar levels
Improves digestion
Improves liver health
Prevents ulcers
Helps in pregnancy
Muscle cramps
Boosts immunity
Controls glucose
Uses of Pickles
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles
Origin And Cultivation of Pickles

Pickles

Pickling is the way of preserving and expanding the life of food through anaerobic fermentation or by way of immersion in vinegar. Fermentation in brine results in the food called pickles. In fact, the pickling procedure results to the change in texture of the food and its flavor as well. Vinaigrette or a mixture of vinegar and vegetable oil is used in East Asia as the pickling medium. Some of the food items that are picked include eggs, vegetables, meats and fruits. Pickling procedure reduces the pH of the food material which comes around to 4.6 or even lower to kill the bacteria. This procedure can even preserve foods that are perishable. To prepare pickles or to facilitate pickling procedure, herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, garlic and mustard seeds are added. If there is sufficient moisture in the food content, dry salt may be used to produce pickling brine. Derived from the Dutch word ‘pekel’, pickle means ‘brine’. In New Zealand and Australia, the word ‘pickle’ is used to refer ‘pickled cucumber’. The term is also used to refer to other pickle kinds like ‘pickle cauliflower’, ‘pickled onion’. In different regions of the world, the word ‘pickle’ is used differently.

Nutritional Value of Pickles

According to NSDA, cucumber pickles comprise of energy, moisture, fat, protein, carbohydrate, sugars and dietary fibers. Apart from this, pickles are rich in minerals and mention must be made to iron, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Pickles also comprise of Vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, niacin, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. As nutrients are there in abundance, pickles do have an array of health benefits. Cucumber pickles have a high nutritional value as cucumber is a rich source of fiber, and the best part is that picking will not impact the nutritional content of the fiber.

Nutritional facts Per 143 Grams

17 Calories
1251 mg Sodium
4 g Total Carbohydrate
1 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

5 % Vitamin A
0.06 Calcium
2 % Vitamin C
3 % Iron

Health Benefits of Pickles

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Pickles
Health Benefits of Pickles

Contains antioxidants

Pickles are rich in antioxidants and it mainly holds true for ‘Decalepis hamiltonii’ or the Swallow Root. As unripe and raw vegetables and fruits are used for the making of pickles, its antioxidant content is kept intact. Here the fruits and vegetables are stored raw without any cooking and so pickles are rich sources of antioxidants that tend to fight free radicals and reverse the aging process. Foods that are rich in antioxidant can protect our health and save from impacts of cellular metabolism

Prevents digestive problems

Eating pickles can save you from digestive issues. Probiotic bacteria or the friendly bacteria that form the part of human digestive system help in food digestion. But, these friendly bacteria get killed due to invading bacteria or due to use of antibiotics. Any decrease in the number of probiotic bacteria might lead to digestive issues. Eating pickles that are made without the use of vinegar can help restore probiotics. Pickles prepared out of salt and natural process can lead to the growth of probiotics. Fermented salt pickles can lead to the growth of friendly bacteria to aid digestion.

Vital minerals

Pickles supply your body with vital minerals and vitamins. Fresh pickles, chutneys and dips are made from various beneficial herbs like curry leaves, coriander, parsley, spinach. They taste awesome and may be given to kids to let them have their share of herbs and leafy vegetables. Freshly made pickles are rich in Vitamin A, C, K and Folate and essential minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. The best part is that pickles are even loved by kids, and thus they also reap health benefits of pickles.

Builds immunity

Constituting vital micronutrients, pickles are rich in vitamins and minerals to protect the body from several diseases. It can strengthen the bones, immunity system, cure anemia, protect vision and prevent several other problems.

Reduces sugar levels

Vinegar based pickles can help in reducing blood sugar level and improves blood hemoglobin in diabetic patients. This directly helps to control diabetes. In fact, it is the presence of acetic acid which helps in the control of sugar. But, you must be careful of salted pickles as that can increase blood pressure.

Improves digestion

Amla and gooseberry pickles, that are so popular in India, improve digestion. When you talk about these two fruits in particular, they are loaded with health benefits. Amla has a great usage in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines. Unripe amla pickles offer a variety of health benefits. In the Indian families, it is customary to have amla pickle as appetizer before the main course meal

Improves liver health

Pickles also have hepatoprotective feature that protects liver. Gooseberry and amla pickles mainly help in improving liver health.

Prevents ulcers

Regular consumption of pickles prepared from Indian gooseberry and amla can reduce ulcers. Ulcers refer to internal wounds caused due to the interaction of acids on tissues and due to the sudden failure of mucus membranes. It is mainly gastric ulcer which is caused by the failure of hyperacidity and failure of mucus membrane. If consumed regularly, amla and gooseberry pickles can reduce the chance of ulcer.

Helps in pregnancy

Pregnant women do have pickle cravings for good reasons. Nausea and vomiting which is so common in the first trimester of pregnancy can be relieved by consuming pickles. Morning sickness may be done away with the consumption of pickles. The tart, tangy and sour flavor of pickles tingle taste buds while reviving appetite. This cures nausea and curbs vomiting.

Muscle cramps

Pickle juice is well known for curing muscular cramps. It can fabulously resolve cramping. As per the studies, the one who consumes 1 ml serving of pickle recovers from muscular cramping much faster than the one drinking a glass of plain water.

Boosts immunity

Suguki or Japanese Turnip Pickle can boost the activity of immunity system to help one avoid Spleen Cancer. Certain special kinds of pickles may prevent cancer diseases.

Controls glucose

To keep the blood glucose level under control, you may consider putting 1ml of pickle in your burger piece. By doing so, you may prevent the blood sugar from rising after the meals.

Uses of Pickles

Eating low-sodium pickle is the great way to add more nutrients into the diet. Fruits and vegetables are used for the preparation of pickles that offer a variety of health benefits. Pickle juice is a solid workout booster. Pickle juice or pickles have a variety of interesting uses. If you have a hangover tummy, pickle is an outstanding way to get over with the hangover. It helps to replenish depleted level of sodium and helps in rehydration as well. In most parts of the world, pickle brine is consumed just before stepping out of the sun. It helps to avoid sun strokes. Pickle brine is also a post-workout drink. The scientifically proven benefits assist in workout recovery or exercise recovery. The juice of pickle can be used in soups, salad dressing and any recipe almost. It also cures heartburn.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles

Pickles are good for health but only when consumed in moderation. Pickles increase the risk of esophageal cancer and gastric cancer, and this holds more truth in case of Asian pickled consumption. Pickles are high on salt content and so it increases the risk of hypertension and also heart disease. The main risk of eating pickles is definitely an increase in the blood pressure. It is better to avoid commercial pickles as they are prepared by using different chemicals that are harmful for health. If there is too much oil content, it can increase cholesterol in the blood.

Origin And Cultivation of Pickles

Pickles are good for health but only when consumed in moderation. Pickles increase the risk of esophageal cancer and gastric cancer, and this holds more truth in case of Asian pickled consumption. Pickles are high on salt content and so it increases the risk of hypertension and also heart disease. The main risk of eating pickles is definitely an increase in the blood pressure. It is better to avoid commercial pickles as they are prepared by using different chemicals that are harmful for health. If there is too much oil content, it can increase cholesterol in the blood.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 17 years old and a female. I started cramping 10 before my period. The last time I had sex was 3 days before getting of birth control. Now all I want to eat pickles. And I woke up with a headache. Could I be pregnant?

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Table of Content

Pickles
Nutritional Value of Pickles
Nutritional facts Per 143 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Pickles
Contains antioxidants
Prevents digestive problems
Vital minerals
Builds immunity
Reduces sugar levels
Improves digestion
Improves liver health
Prevents ulcers
Helps in pregnancy
Muscle cramps
Boosts immunity
Controls glucose
Uses of Pickles
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles
Origin And Cultivation of Pickles