One might not typically equate cornichons with eating healthy, but the wee cucumbers pack a nutritional punch; Low in calories, fat, and sugar, Maille’s cornichons carry an impressive amount of vitamin K, iron, folate, calcium, vitamin A and potassium. And it doesn’t end there; eating these little guys can help stave off high blood pressure, promote better digestion, and aid in bone growth. And get this – according to a recent article, elite athletes regularly drink the cornichon juice to help improve muscle-building and prevent cramping.
Did you know that by changing the bacteria in your gut, you can positively affect your mood and brain function? Recent research from the University of Paris revealed that psychobiotic rich foods — specifically cornichons, yogurt and sauerkraut — have a significantly positive impact on our overall happiness. The study concluded that consuming cornichons three times a week helps your gut produce more serotonin, also known as the “happiness” hormone. When absorbed, serotonin stimulates the brain and acts as a natural antidepressant. Positive health benefits were also reported in people suffering from chronic stress, low mood, or anxiety-like symptoms. So, by simply incorporating psychobiotics like Maille Cornichons into your diet, you’re upping your odds of being happier. This can be as easy as adding a few slices of cornichons to a whole wheat sammie, or pairing them with some mouth-watering cured meats and cheeses.
Try one of our simple, cornichon-friendly recipes to add some oomph and texture in your dishes, add them to a cheese or charcuterie board or eat gherkins on their own as a snack. With an average of 3 calories per cornichon, we trust you’ll find a bit of joy in every bite.