Kimchi health benefits and nutrition facts

By:Times Foodie, Updated: Jun 6, 2022 | 15:00 IST


With Hallyu, the wave of Korean culture, and popularization of Korean drama which settled on Western as well as South-Eastern world, adopting their cuisine and snacks played a huge part. The most common bancheon or side dish you can find in Korean cuisine is Kimchi. There is a stereotype that Koreans consume Kimchi with all their meals. Funnily enough, this stereotype is a near reality. On the nutritional side of it, beloved Kimchi doesn’t stay behind. Kimchi offers many nutrients and health benefits. Let’s explore that.

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as cabbage napa and Korean radish. A wide selection of seasonings is used, including gochugaru (Korean chili powder), spring onions, garlic, ginger, and jeotal (salted seafood), etc.

Kimchi is the national food of South Korea. It is also used in a variety of soups and stews. As a staple food in Korean cuisine, it is eaten as a side dish with almost every Korean meal.

The lacto-fermentation process that kimchi undergoes makes it particularly unique. The speciality of fermented foods is that they not only have an extended shelf life but also an enhanced taste and aroma. Korean households have a special refrigerator for kimchi. That is the amount of kimchi which is made at once in a regular Korean home.

150 grams of Kimchi contain the following nutrients:

Nutrient Measure
Calories 23
Total Fat 0.8g
Total Carbohydrates 3.6g
Sodium 747mg
Potassium 227mg
Protein 1.7g
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 21%

Kimchi health benefits
It would be justified if you were wondering if Kimchi is healthy for our body and fascinatingly it has many health benefits. Here are a few-
Improved digestion
Contains probiotics
Strengthen your immune system
Reduce inflammation
Help slow aging
Prevent yeast infections
Aid weight loss
Support heart health
Improve Asthma Symptoms

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