Launching a new series of blogs for 2016 on the importance of introducing certain foods in your diet, coming up is: KIMCHI.
DEFINITION AND TYPES:
Kimchi, also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. In traditional preparation, kimchi was stored underground in jars to keep cool during the summer months and unfrozen during the winter months. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient.
Kimchi is a low-calorie, high fiber and nutrient –packed side dish. It is a storehouse of a range of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. Kimchi is also rich in essential amino acids and minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium. Kimchi has an impressive assortment of powerful antioxidants and provides an additional benefit of probiotics as well in the form of lactobacillus bacteria. It contains numerous healthful components including capsaicin, chlorophyll, carotenoids, flavonoids and isothiocyanates with low amount of fat and sugar.
In addition Kimchi:
1. Contains healthy bacteria and probiotics for the overall wellness of your body – I would use kimchi even if it only had this benefit. Gut health is extremely important for overall health. Our gut contains our immune system and having a strong stomach means we won’t get sick as often. During our lives, we ingest many foods and take many drugs (like antibiotics) that weaken our stomachs, so it is essential to DAILY use probiotics-rich foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso and kefir, to keep it healthy.
2. Lowers cholesterol levels
3. Facilitates healthy body development and clear vision thanks to high contents of vitamin A
4. Produces radiant skin and shiny hair
5. Prevents stomach cancer
6. Slows down the aging process
7. Helps you lose weight
8. Prevents the occurrence of peptic ulcer
9. Boosts your immunity
HOW TO PREPARE:
It is quite a long process to prepare Kimchi so I suggest to purchase it at the stores. Luckily in Asia is extremely easy to find it in supermarkets, especially in the Korean and Japanese ones. If you cannot find it in the stores close to you, feel free to come to D7 where there are several shops that carry it.
HOW TO CONSUME:
– as a side / topping to your salad
– as a topping for beans and beans patties
– blended as spicy ketchup (MY FAVOURITE!!)
– inside tomato sauce for a spicy past
– as a topping of your homemade sushi
– mix with cold whole grain rice as a quick snack
– wrapped in your salad leaves
– inside fresh spring rolls
La Holista uses kimchi almost everyday in her and her family meals. Do you use Kimchi? Let us know below why do you love it too…