Kimchi is a fermented cabbage dish that should be a central part of your diet. Why? Because a Kimchi diet will ensure that this superfood is part of your life, on a daily basis. You might wonder, why you have never heard about this superfood before. I am not saying it is kept a secret but it is just not a part of our western way of eating. But it is crucial in the Korean diet.
And the following 10 lesser known facts about Kimchi will finally persuade you that you need this fermented cabbage in your life. If you don’t know how to make Kimchi yourself or where you can get it, worry no more. We will show you where you can learn how to make Kimchi yourself.
But lets have a look at the 10 reasons why you should start you Kimchi diet today.
1.Kimchi is lowering Cholesterol
The results of a study done in South Korea showed that participants who ate more Kimchi experienced a bigger drop in Cholesterol. High cholesterol is a factor for heart attacks and other diseases. You don’t have to eat Kimchi for every meal to do something good for your cholesterol level.
2. It is an antioxidant Superfood
Antioxidants fight free radicals in your body and are believed to have a major impact on disease such as cancer and alzheimer. But they also help you to age slower. You can find antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. Kimchi is high in antioxidants and should be on the table of everybody who wants to make sure that ageing happens slower.
3. Full of probiotics
Probiotics are live bacteria which are good for your health. A few medical conditions that can be healed by probiotics are irritable bowl syndrome, diarrhea, skin condition and oral conditions. So where do you get all the probiotics from? Thats right, from Kimchi.
4. Packed with Vitamin A, B and C
You don’t get a lot of vitamins in your daily diet? Kimchi is here to changed that. This Korean food is full of vitamin A, B and C. vitamin A is good for your eyesight, vitamin B boosts your immune system and vitamin C fights skin ageing. If you want all of this, just get your daily dose of Kimchi.
5. It is easy to make it yourself
You might think that making Kimchi is difficult and that you need a lot of ingredients which are not easy to get your hands on. But you don’t have to worry about that. It is easy to make and you can find very helpful resources on how to make your own Kimchi here, here and here.
6. A Kimchi diet is detoxifying
You need garlic and onions to make a really nice and healthy Kimchi. Garlic and onions are naturally detoxifying foods. The mixture of both will detoxify your body in know time.
7. Boosts you immune system
Kimchi contains a lot of vitamin B which helps you to boost your immune system. Winter is coming and the flue season is upon us. Get a good chunk of Kimchi and make it part of your diet, to get your immune system into a good state.
Don’t worry that you might get bored of Kimchi. You can have your Kimchi with so many different meals and they will all taste amazing. Once you get used to a Kimchi diet you will never want to live without this superfood anymore. Did I mention that 300 different types of Kimchi exist? There is some diversity for you and your meals.
Many superfoods come and go. Just like any other trend that disappears after a while. And many of these trendy foods are expensive. Say hello to Kimchi and its amazing price tag. We are talking about a vegetable and yes, a little bit will go a long way here.
10. It is super delicious
A Kimchi diet might not be for everybody. Some people might not want to eat fermented food, even if it is proven to be very healthy. Others might be confused by the smell. But once you get addicted to it, you will never let it go. It is perfect in combination with Korean pancakes, bulgogi or even ramen noodles. You will love it.
One last thing: Kimchi is high in salt, because of the way it is made. So make sure that your Kimchi diet is not a one way street. We are not saying that you should only eat Kimchi all day long. Use it as a side dish, together with other Korean food and don’t overeat.
What are your thoughts on Kimchi? Do you love it or do you hate it? Let us know in the comments below.