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Is kimchi really as good for you as they say


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#1 Papa

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 10:11 AM

You look up kimchi and u get pages of blogs raving about how healthy and nutritious it is, but is it really??

I mean, it has so much salt in it and usually some sugar as well. If you get the canned kimchi from the grocery store, are u really reaping all the benefifs?

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 10:26 AM

The fermented nature of kimchi is good for your gut and digestive health. I probably wouldn't go for canned varieties though. And kimchi portions are supposed to be quite small so balancing the salt intake should be easy enough in a meal. 


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 08:02 PM

It's currently a fad health-food in the west. There's no conclusive evidence that kimchi specifically is a health food. There have been studies done here in Korea that "link" excess salt consumption of the Korean diet to their high rates of stomach cancer. But they seemed to ignore the raging alcoholism, chain-smoking, and overworked stress that tons of Koreans are subject to.

That said, well-made kimchi has only small amounts of sugar to aid the fermentation process, is consumed in small quantities with other foods, fermented foods are (generally) good for your gut microbiome, and I'd avoid the canned stuff like the plague because it's the lowest-quality and doesn't taste very good. If you want the good stuff, try to get some that's made by your local Korean grocer (if you have one) or make your own.


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 12:23 AM

I get local stuff in a very aesthetic glass jar lol and it has barely any sugar to help it ferment. You only need a small portion and apparently fermented foods help with depression so I figured why not add that one to the list if I like eating it anyway?

 

I like throwing some veggies like bok choy and peppers in a wok with a little miso paste and having a small amount of rice with kimchi on the side. I think it goes well with fresh veggies so it just makes me want to eat more veggies. 


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 04:30 AM

As others said, it's the fermentation. Probiotics are great for you, but you can get them from a variety of foods. I just take a supplement every day
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Posted 30 April 2021 - 09:41 AM

I would say yes buuuut if you eat too much of it be prepared for the gut symphony. It’s great for digestive health but you will poo and poot your ass off if you go too hard
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Posted 30 April 2021 - 01:08 PM

Yes

 

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:30 PM

Idk but it certainly isn't *bad* for you. It makes me...make. So that's nice.

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 01:11 AM

There has been a lot of research lately linking gut health with basically every other system in your body (mood health, immune system, etc). If you have a good gut full of the right bacteria, it will improve your health in other systems.

Short answer... Yes. I like kimchi a lot more than yogurt and such. It's a low cal bomb of flavor for soups and rice bowls.
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