College of sauerkraut: Ukrainian well being marketing consultant teaches fermented meals recipe at workshop


TRURO, N.S. — Luba Synyuk immigrated to Canada from Ukraine 15 years in the past.

A medical physician by coaching, she has at all times been fascinated with how one’s weight loss plan correlates with their normal wellbeing.

An occasion of tradition shock struck her when she realized how totally different an strategy Canadian medical doctors took to healthcare.

“In Europe, it’s a extra holistic strategy,” Synyuk defined. “Individuals would go first to vary their weight loss plan, to go to physio, acupuncture, and the whole lot in between. After, they are going to go for tablets, and surgical procedure will likely be a final resort.”

To Synyuk, this (Canada’s strategy) differs drastically from her native nation. As a substitute of specializing in treating signs, they almost at all times begin with inspecting one’s weight loss plan.

“The explanation I’m for extra pure therapeutic, a extra holistic strategy, I imagine you at all times have to have a look at your meals and have a look at dietary supplements as a final resort.”

After coming to Canada, Synyuk obtained a grasp’s diploma in utilized human vitamin from Mount Saint Vincent College. She then opened her personal enterprise in Truro referred to as Luba4Health in 2022, the place she takes on shoppers to assist enhance their well being by way of dietary means.

Top-of-the-line meals for one’s well being, in keeping with Synyuk, is a favorite in Ukraine — sauerkraut.

As a strategy to hold the artwork of creating sauerkraut alive, she supplied a workshop on Nov. 17, asking folks to hitch her in making a batch of sauerkraut. 13 individuals joined in.

Within the class, she taught folks in regards to the fermentation course of, in addition to how sauerkraut could possibly be included into one’s weight loss plan.

“It’s way more than sauerkraut on high of the hotdog,” joked Synyuk.

In reality, Synyuk mentioned she knew of 30 alternative ways it could possibly be utilized in meals, typically as a topping or facet dish.

“When it’s fermented, it’s (extra) helpful,” mentioned Synyuk. “It comprises extra vitamin C, extra vitamin E and Ok.”

Sauerkraut additionally comprises a hefty variety of probiotics, that are thought to have a optimistic affect on intestinal well being. A analysis article from the Journal of Meals and Drug Evaluation acknowledged that probiotics present in fermented meals corresponding to sauerkraut, “have proven optimistic responses to medical therapy towards a number of illnesses and issues, corresponding to diarrhea related to rotavirus, IBS and meals allergy symptoms.”

To make sauerkraut, Synyuk mentioned folks simply want a couple of key substances — cabbage, salt and a mason jar. Step one is to shred the cabbage, then put it within the jar. Add salt, placed on the lid, and the water from the cabbage will merge with the salt to create its personal brine.

Synyuk mentioned it’s best to attend two weeks for the sauerkraut to ferment, nevertheless it may also be opened at one week if persons are not searching for as pungent a style.

Whereas Synyuk added there are lots of different substances that may be added to change the style, that is the only recipe for making sauerkraut. In her class, she additionally added grated carrots to the jar.

Shredded cabbage and carrot, able to be fermented. – Contributed

“I inspired all people to make their very own,” mentioned Synyuk. “One woman shared with me photos, the identical night time, of her jar of sauerkraut. Just a few folks emailed me the subsequent day. It was nice to obtain these photos.

“One of these workshop brings like-minded folks collectively,” she added. “It’s a sort of artwork that’s nearly misplaced.”

Debbie Kalman participated within the workshop and got here again for a style take a look at on Nov. 24.

“It’s the most effective sauerkraut I’ve ever tried,” she mentioned. “It’s scrumptious.”

Kalman discovered the category to be enlightening and is now totally invested in making her personal sauerkraut at house.

“I went to Luba’s class, and final Friday I had the whole lot in the home and my very own sauerkraut. I’m actually anxious to get going with that.”

Synyuk’s top notch went so nicely that she plans on holding extra. She held a second class on Dec. 1 and plans to show a number of extra within the new yr. Synyuk additionally hopes to develop her workshops into different meals that may enhance dietary well being, corresponding to broccoli sprouts.

To maintain updated on any workshops supplied by Synyuk, take a look at her Fb web page at