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.
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