Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kimchi - Its Nutritional Value




Recently read a book about Kimchi (Kimchi : Korean traditional fermented food) and here are some interesting information which I would like to share with you.

A CODEX standard was established for Kimchi in July 2001. According to definition, the main ingredients used to prepare Kimchi is Chinese cabbage and the seasoning mixture used for processing include red pepper powder, garlic, ginger, scallions and radish. To ensure proper ripening, fermentation is done and the product is preserved through the production of lactic acid at a low temperature.

Red chilli peppers contain capsisin which promotes gastric juice and aids digestion. Garlic strengthens energy and is said to prevent stomach cancer while ginger aids blood circulation and enhances appetite. The vegetable contains fibre which prevents and treats heart disease and obesity. The lactic acid bacteria in Kimchi controls and kills harmful germs and enhance resistance against illnesses.

For more information about Kimchi, you can visit here.


16 comments:

Napaboaniya said...

Recently thousands of Korean housewives gathered together making kimchi to give away to needy families in Seoul for the cold winter. Very heart-warming :P

p/s: So how? you're gonna catch Lam Feng? heehee

Rambling Woods said...

My two step-daughters are from Korea and do make kimchi. I have tried it, but it is too spicy for me..Thank you for visiting my Benji post and yes, he did talk goose to my husband.

Jim said...

Hi Dora, do your cats eat this Kimchi? Dogs will eat just about anyting that isn't metal.
I learned today here, Happy Ruby Tue!
You are just going to have to come to Texas, we have more Mexican food here than they have in Mexico!
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Robin said...

I've never actually tried kimchi but my uncle grew to love it when he was stationed in Korea. So much so that his platoon buddies nicknamed him Kimchi!

Mojo said...

I like it in small doses, but be warned, this stuff is not for the timid, or those with a soft constitution.

Ivanhoe said...

I never heard of Kimchi. I'm afraid it would be too spicy for me :o)

ellen b said...

I've heard of Kimchi but I haven't tried it yet...

Food For Tots said...

I luv Kimchi but my emperor didn't like it. :(

Olga said...

LOVE Kimchi. I remember seeing a documentary about one Korean family making it: fascinating!

Dianne said...

fabulous labels

I have never tried Kimchi but based on the other comments I think I have to

Jientje said...

I never heard of that before! Thanks for sharing!

Felisol said...

I blog and I learn.
Thank you for sharing about kimchi.
From Felisol

Tastes of Home said...

i love kimchi! i knew they were nutritious, but thanks for listing it out :) - my hubby cant stand kimchi though (its ok - more for me) LOL

Dora said...

Napaboaniya: Ya, indeed. ;)

Rambling Woods: Maybe if use it for cooking soup, it will not be too spicy than if eat it on its own...

Jim: The cats here like to eat canned cat food. So ur dogs also eat rocks? ;p

Robin: Ha ha! U have a Kimchi uncle.

Mojo: Thanks for ur advice. ;)

Ivanhoe: Yes, it is very spicy.

ellen b & Dianne: Do give it a try. :)

Food for Tots: So does Empress know how to prepare it herself? ;p

Olga: Oh...i have seen Kimchi preparation in a few Korean dramas.

Jientje & Felisol: No prob. :)

Tastes of Home: Ha ha. Maybe because it's too spicy right?

Darkspore said...

My wife and I bought 1 kg of Kimchi back from Korea, and we're still struggling to finish it :-)

Dora said...

Give me some. Ha ha. ;p