The Health Benefits of KimchiKimchi shot to fame on the world stage after being named as one of the top 5 healthiest foods in the world, alongside Spanish olive oil, Soy, Yogurt and Lentils. The health benefits of Kimchi seem remarkable and more about this traditional korean food is being discovered all the time.
The average Korean eats around 40 pounds of Kimchi every year, and it is believed that kimchi has helped to keep rates of obesity lower in South korea than other countries.
Kimchi is packed with vitamin A, thiamine B1, riboflavin B2, calcium, and iron. It's main benefit though is found in the bacteria lactobacilli, this is found in yogurt and fermented foods. This bacteria helps with digestion.
Recent studies have shown that Kimchi may prevent certain types of cancer including breast cancer in woman, and further research into this will hopefully reveal more in the future. It has also been shown that Kimchi lowers cholesterol.
On a lighter note it has been shown that chickens infected with Avian flu, were found to recover after eating kimchi, and a recent study by the Korea Food Research Institute supported the fact that kimchi boosts the immune system in chickens.