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The benefits of Korean kimchi

Published on March 1, 2017 at 15:25 / Updated on June 7, 2022 at 18:01

Discover the latest food trend: Kimchi.

What is kimchi?

It is a traditional Korean dish , mostly made from Chinese cabbage, although you could use other vegetables to make it, like carrots, western cabbage, or even radish or cucumber.

Use of kimchi

Kimchi is served as a side dish, but it could also be added to omelets, sandwiches or, for the more adventurous, in a bloody Caesar.

Specificity: fermentation

Kimchi is fermented food, and its fermentation process is quite simple.

The sugars of Chinese cabbage will be converted into lactic and acetic acid, then into carbon dioxide.

As with all fermented foods, eating Chinese cabbage can cause bloating, intestinal discomfort, or even cramps.

If you have never eaten kimchi before, avoid it on a first date.

Benefits of kimchi

In alternative medicine, eating kimchi is said to have several benefits, especially in the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancers and even to treat constipation.

However, there are no solid studies that corroborate these results.

Is kimchi a healthy choice?

Kimchi is an excellent choice, since it is a vegetable; it is therefore low in calories and rich in fiber and vitamin A and C.

The only downside to kimchi is that it is also high in sodium.

Thus, it is less suitable for people with high blood pressure or those who have been prescribed a salt-free diet by their doctor.

With this in mind, enjoy your discovery!

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