What is Kimchi: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Try It
With the Korean culture gaining worldwide status, many Filipinos and non-Asian nationalities have started to embrace the Hallyu Wave in terms of music, fashion, skin care and especially food.
It all started with the increasing popularity of Korean Barbecue places being built around the metro and everyone going crazy about grilling meat and pairing with lettuce, complementary sauces, and side dishes. One of the most popular and healthiest Korean side dishes is Kimchi, most people love it and some hate it. But what is Kimchi anyway?
Kimchi is a traditional Korean food or side dish that mainly consists of cabbage, onions, and garlic. Some who make the dish even add radish and cucumber for extra health benefits and taste. For that kick of spicy flavor, Koreans mix sugar, pepper flakes, nori, and sugar until it is paste-like and ready to be mixed with the vegetables.
Other than the pungent smell, kimchi has these amazing health benefits:
1. Natural Probiotic
Kimchi contains the bacterium called lactobacillus kimchii as well as other lactic acid bacteria that are beneficial to our gastrointestinal as well as immune systems.
2. Cholesterol Reduction
An investigative study has advocated that fermented kimchi helps in lowering the total cholesterol along with the concentrations blood glucose in the body.
These antioxidants along with it exert a protective effect against the oxidative damage and shield the body from the harmful effects of stress and oxygen free radicals.
A study has revealed that it helps in slowing the aging process and reduces oxidative stress in the cells making it a potent anti-aging component.
5. Boost Immune System
The variety of ingredients like ginger, garlic, and peppers are well-known for their effectiveness in fighting infections and curing cold and flu symptoms.
Take note that Japan also makes their own kimchi but is sometimes different as they skip the fermentation process thus fewer health benefits. But go ahead and try out this famous Korean dish and pair it with your regular meals!
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