4 Benefits of Kimchi
Good Kimchi - Gut Kimchi “Gut Health Is Everything”
Kimchi has been long regarded as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Touted as the king of fermented food, kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, as well as healthy gut bacterias known as microbiomes. Because of these healthy bacterias found in the food, kimchi is known for its anti-oxidative and anti-aging, anti-mutagenic, anti-cancer, anti-obesity, and other health benefits.
Improves Gut Health
Fermentation is a process that uses enzymes to create chemical changes in food. Naturally, fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming them, you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora. Among many health benefits of kimchi, it’s biggest and most hailed benefit has to do with its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli. These healthy bacterias are commonly known to the public as “probiotics.” Probiotics are referred as the live bacterias that are found in GI tracts and their main role is to aid digestion. However, the “good” bacteria do much more than just aid the digestion in human. They help keep your “bad” bacteria in check; if your gut is full of “good” and “healthy’ bacterias, they multiply so rapidly that the “unhealthy” type don’t have space to grow.
Boost The Immune System
“Gut Health is everything. Everything ties together,” says Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Gerard Mullin, M.D. When we discuss about the benefits of the “healthy” bacteria for our guts, the aid in digestion is just a small face of its benefits. According to Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “a huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract.” As mentioned about, the presence of “healthy” bacteria hinders the “bad” bacteria from multiplying. The presence of “bad” bacteria is responsible for diseases like IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) , IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and Crohn’s Disease.
Although the fine details of the link between the gut microbiome and the immune system are not fully understood. But there seems to be a link between the gut health and inflammation - which is the hallmark of the immune response. Diseases like IBD, IBS, and Crohn’s Disease are all related to constant inflammation in GI tracts.
Full of Nutrients
As mentioned above, kimchi is full of active, alive “healthy” bacterias which directly impact our gut healths. This alone is a huge benefit of incorporating kimchi into your regular diet. However, live and active probiotics are not the only nutrients you are getting from eating kimchi (although probiotics aren’t considered as nutrients). Kimchi is also a very rich source of various micronutrients: vitamins and minerals. It contains a wider range of vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K; minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorous, and selenium.
Helps In Losing Weight
Some researchers say that Kimchi contains anti-obesity properties that can aid in weight loss. Naturally low in calories, 150 grams of kimchi contains less than 50 calories. However, it’s not limited to this. There has been few studies suggest that kimchi contains special properties that help in carbohydrate metabolism, which results in weight loss. Moreover, the capsaicin found in Korean chili pepper aids in metabolism.
All in all, Kimchi is truly a health food that not just benefits our body but also gives our taste buds a reason to be happy. It’s perfect for spicy lovers!. They can be eaten as it is, made into kimchi noodles soup and even as unique as steamed buns filling. Yes, KIMCHI BAO!