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Gut Feeling

Santa Cruz’s Farmhouse Culture expands its fermented empire with Gut Shot probiotic drinks

When Santa Cruz’s Kathryn Lukas started her sauerkraut company Farmhouse Culture, it was an instant success. Naturally probiotic and delicious, sauerkraut adds raw organic goodness and a burst of tangy flavor to all kinds of dishes, and Lukas found fermented favor with flavors like Classic Caraway and Horseradish Leek.

Now, Farmhouse Culture has come out with a line of probiotic drinks called Gut Shot—all made with cabbage. Organic, vegan and gluten-free, with no added sugar, Gut Shots come in flavors such as Kimchi, Garlic Dill Pickle, Smoked Jalapeño, and, my favorite, Ginger Beet.

While most people know about the health benefits of eating cabbage in the form of sauerkraut, drinking flavored cabbage water might sound a bit out there. But its salty goodness is surprisingly tasty, proponents say it aids digestion and boosts the immune system.

Farmhouse Culture’s sauerkraut and Gut Shot drinks can be found at most local farmers markets and food stores such as Staff of Life and New Leaf. Visit for more info.

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