Therefore, we were thrilled to receive this news release in our 19 Minutes inbox this afternoon:
Scientists Find Kimchi Sauerkraut May Cure Avian Flu
A cure in a meal: U.S. Sauerkraut sales expected to skyrocket
It will not suprise you to learn that the press release was commissioned by the Fremont Company, which "produces nationally distributed consumer and food service products including Franks and Snowfloss Kraut and Mississippi BBQ Sauce." The release heralds the work of Korean scientists, who for reasons unknown, decided to try feeding kimchi to chickens infected with avian flu:
This does raise a new theory related to our only other Korea-related post, in which we noted that Doosan Bears pitcher Park Myung-hwan had been barred from stashing frozen cabbage under his baseball cap. Perhaps Mr. Myung-hwan was only trying to ward off avian flu with this unusual uniform technique.
Fremont, OH- October 20, 2005- In yet another indication that Sauerkraut is the superfood of the 21st century, scientists at Seoul National University have successfully used Kimchi Sauerkraut to treat chickens infected with avian flu. Kimchi is a seasoned variety of Sauerkraut that shares Lactobacillus bacteria with traditional Sauerkraut, which may be the critical element in preventing Avian Flu. Both Kimchi and traditional Sauerkraut are made by fermenting sliced cabbage, producing a high level of lactic acid.
According to an October 2005 BBC report, Kimchi was fed to 13 infected chickens and 11 of them started recovering within a week. South Korean Kimchi consumption is up as a result of this report and U.S. sales of Sauerkraut are also expected to spike up.
That would explain why this same news release goes on to note that
The Fremont Company maintains cross promotional relationships with several major restaurant chains and is distributed in various ballparks and stadiums including Yankee Stadium.So if the avian flu is the pandemic that some health experts fear, the 19 Minutes staff is expecting to read headlines next year such as:
AVIAN FLU SPREAD TO NORTHEAST CORRIDORand
Public Health Officials Urge Residents to Attend Weekend Yankees-Blue Jays Series
YANKEE STADIUM NOW SAID TO BE "SAFEST BALLPARK IN MAJORS"Finally, the news release invites us to
Schumer Introduces Legislation Mandating Yankees Inclusion in Fall Classic
Check out other sexy and unique recipes at www.sauerkraut.com.To save you the time, we've already done this, and found the following sexy recipe for (yum!) Sauerkraut Jell-O:
One packet of Jell-O (Any flavor)Quite frankly, the 19 Minutes staff can't think of anything more sexy than Cranberry-Raspberry Jell-O with sauerkraut and cooked carrots. In fact, we're looking forward to tucking some under our baseball caps this evening.
1 1/2 cup Sauerkraut
1 Cup cooked carrots
1 tsp of water
1. Make Jell-O according to package
2. Before Jell-O firms, add sauerkraut, carrots and water.
3. Let it firm and enjoy! It's lovely!