Frequent visitors at Korean restaurants will be familiar with the fermented cabbage dish that takes center stage on every table – Kimchi. But what might come as a surprise to most, are the marvellous health benefits of Kimchi.
The vegetable most commonly used to make Kimchi is Wombok – a large cabbage-like vegetable which is a good source of fibre. Additionally, the rest of the ingredients in Kimchi – garlic, ginger, hot pepper flakes, red pepper powder – are healthy functional foods.
Kimchi is naturally low in calories, and is reputed to help boost metabolism. It is also abundant in probiotics from the fermentation process which can help aid digestion and weight control. Kimchi is also believed to reduce chances of cancer, help alleviate constipation and reduce bad cholesterol. It is also supposed to have oxidants that reduce the effects of aging – on the skin, the brain and on the immune system. In fact, many Koreans believe eating Kimchi on a daily basis helps promote good health and a clear complexion.
So the next time you are having Korean food, do try some Kimchi and enjoy its health benefits.
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