Kimchi is one of the increasingly popular Korean food worldwide. Kimchi is a must-have complimentary menu that you can enjoy together with any kind of dishes.
For those who do not know, kimchi is made from the process of fermenting fresh vegetables including mustard, carrots and cucumbers mixed with onions, salt, chili, vinegar, corn oil and ginger – thus giving it a salty and spicy taste. It does not only is known for its delicious and fresh taste, kimchi also has many health benefits, you know!
The combination of these ingredients is then fermented and can be eaten with rice or noodles.
1. Meet the daily needs of vitamins and minerals
Cabbage is the main ingredient used in the manufacture of kimchi. This vegetable contains a lot of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and folate. In addition, cabbage also contains various minerals, such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
Not only cabbage, vitamins and minerals are also contained in vegetables or other ingredients used as kimchi seasonings, such as garlic with high manganese content, chili containing vitamin B6, and onion rich in vitamin K.
2. Maintain the health of the digestive system
Kimchi contains many good bacteria called Lactobacillus. These bacteria are able to maintain the function of the digestive system.
Not only that, good bacteria also play a role in the process of metabolism of nutrients and drugs, maintain immunity, and prevent viral and bacterial infections. The complex carbohydrates found in kimchi vegetables can also be food for good bacteria.
3. Prevent constipation
The fiber content in kimchi vegetables and good bacteria as a result of kimchi fermentation can help prevent constipation and promote defecation.
4. Treat viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
The good bacteria contained in kimchi can increase the body’s resistance to fight germs, including Helicobacter pylori which can cause stomach cancer and avian influenza virus which causes bird flu.
5. Maintain weight
The vegetables used in kimchi are of course low in calories. In 100 grams of kimchi, there is only about 18 kcal. Therefore, kimchi can be used as one of the food menus to lose or maintain an ideal weight.
Not only that, other ingredients contained in kimchi, such as red chili and garlic, have also been shown to increase metabolism and accelerate energy-burning, thus helping to lose weight.
6. Prevent cancer
Yellow and green vegetables used as kimchi can work to prevent inflammation. The content of these vegetables can also suppress the work of certain enzymes that can trigger the growth of cancer cells.
The anticancer effect will be more optimal if kimchi is added with other ingredients, such as mustard leaf, Chinese pepper, and Korean mistletoe extract. However, this still needs to be investigated further.
7. Helps lower blood sugar levels in diabetics
A study showed that high-fiber foods can help the growth of good bacteria that produce fatty acids. Fatty acids can help control blood sugar levels in the body, making it good for diabetics.
Seeing the many benefits that can be obtained, kimchi can be made into one of our daily menus. In addition to kimchi, there are other types of fermented foods that are also good for the health of the body, such as tempeh, sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt.
Although fermented vegetables are rich in benefits, you are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet by consuming a balanced nutritious diet as well as fresh vegetables and fruits every day.
9th September 2020 13:42
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