It comes as no surprise that the delicious fermented cabbage dish from Korea is very healthy. Kimchi, the national dish of Korea, may not appeal to certain palates, but its pungent flavor can never be enough for those of us kimchi lovers. And now, a new research study has suggested that small amounts of kimchi may help lower cholesterol and fasting blood glucose levels.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food and conducted at Pusan National University in Korea looked at three groups of men who were fed 210g, 15g and no kimchi at all everyday. After the experiment was completed, the difference in results between the three groups was astounding. The groups that consumed kimchi saw decreases in cholesterol levels. Participants who had high levels of cholesterol before the experiment saw larger decrease in cholesterol levels.
How does this work? Kimchi has vitamins A, B and C, as well as the bacteria lactic-acid bacillius that improves the digestion of lactose and controls cholesterol levels.
Are you a kimchi fan? If not, would this news be enough to convert you?