Kimchi is a spicy condiment that has helped Koreans maintain the No. 2 slot for the least obese people on earth, just behind Japan. Koreans consume about 40 pounds of this spicy vegetable in many different forms; cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, carrots and more. This fermented cabbage made it’s debut around the 7th century, but the version we commonly use today started in the 18th century with the addition of chili peppers to the mix. For Koreans this is more than one of their staples, it is a comfort food and it is actually good for you.
How many of your comfort foods are good for your body? In our twisted Westerner’s mindset, we have equated comfort food as something that is a once in a blue moon guilty indulgence, something that is actually bad for our health. Mac n’ Cheese, Fried Chicken and Gravy just clog my veins with unhealthy fats and toxins just thinking about it.
If you really can’t live without your comfort foods, doctor them up with Kimchi. Mac n’ Cheese tossed with Kimchi, Kimchi Grilled Cheese, Kimchi Tacos, Kimchi Omelette. I always like to top off my favorite grilled cheeseburger with some Kimchi.
Cabbage helps detox the body, ridding the body of toxins clinging to the walls of your intestines. Kimchi stimulates your bowel movements, cleans out your digestive tract and fights constipation. Kimchi is an excellent source of probiotics to aid your cardiovascular and digestive systems. In addition to limiting obesity, Kimchi can assist with diabetes, cholesterol, gastric ulcers, cancer and has anti-aging properties.
You can find Kimchi in the produce section of some grocery stores or go to an Asian store, a 32 oz. jar of Kimchi Cabbage (usually bok choy) is around $5. If you are a spice wimp like me, you can dip it in a dish of soy sauce or better yet, use Bragg’s Amino Acid sauce, to take the sting out of it’s bite.
You could also make it yourself, if you don’t mind the stench of fermenting cabbage in your kitchen. A nice substitute for the bok choy would be Napa cabbage. Here is a nice easy Korean recipe from epicurious.
High in fiber, Kimchi is packed with Vitamin A, B1, B2 and C, with a nice amino acid package and minerals like; iron, calcium and selenium.
Put Kimchi on your next shopping list and start adding it to your diet, you can eat it with almost any meal.
Eat Right & Be Well!