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Probiotics and Other Health Benefits of Korean Kimchi

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The Benefits of Kimchi

For centuries, kimchi has been a major part of the Korean diet. It is the traditional fermented food that is served at every meal. As Americans become more aware of the benefits of probiotics, kimchi is making its way to the American palate and plate.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that aid in maintaining the balance of microorganisms in our body's intestinal tract. On average, the human digestive system contains more than 400 types of probiotic bacteria. These all serve to inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria by promoting the health of the digestive system.

What are the heatlh benefits of the probiotics in kimchi?

Well-fermented kimchi is known to have antibiotic functions such as lactic acid bacteria produced in the fermentation process which then suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria. It also helps to prevent the growth of other bacteria in the intestines. For meat eaters, kimchi also helps to prevent hyperacidity that is the result of excessive meat intake and other acidic foods.

Further, kimchi:

- helps reduce indigestion and gas. Excess bad bacteria causes irritation leading to indigestion, gas and fluid retention.

- helps you feel less hunger. Lactobacillus, one common strain of good bacteria has been linked to appetite control. Good bacteria helps stabilize blood-sugar levels which means less frequent and less intense hunger and fewer fat storage hormones.

Some studies have shown that kimchi can shorten the duration of a cold. Other studies have shown that kimchi can help clear up yeast infections and UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections).

The juice and salt from kimchi helps to keep the intestines clean.

The chili peppers and garlic help to lower blood cholesterol and are an aid in blood-clotting.

What about calories, vitamins, and minerals?

The ingredients are low in calories and sugar but contain high amounts of fiber, vitamins A and C in particular, and minerals such as calcium and iron. It also has high levels of Beta Carotene. After 3 weeks of fermentation the levels of B1, B2, and B12 double. The lactic acid is efficacious in the prevention of adult diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and gastrointestinal cancers.

How does it compare to yogurt?

When it comes to probiotics, Americans are more familiar with yogurt. Well fermented kimchi has more lactic acid bacteria than yogurt. Known to be good for the intestines, it also has anti-germ functions.

Other types of fermented foods in the American diet are kefir, unpasteurized/homemade pickles, tofu and more recently, miso soup.

Americans are also likely to use probiotic supplements.

Is it possible to overdo probiotics?

Not if it comes from food, although all foods in moderation are always best.

Is it only served as a side dish?

In addition to eating kimchi as a side dish it is also served as kimchi stew, kimchi soup, kimchi dumplings, kimchi stir fried rice, the list is becoming endless.

What is the most common type of kimchi?

The most common type of kimchi is made from Bok choy, also known as Pak Choi and commonly called Chinese Cabbage in American markets (and less often brassica which is related to the cabbage family). Kimchi is also made using radishes, leeks, cucumbers, green onions, lettuce, and other types of cabbage, etc. In fact in Seoul, S. Korea there is a Kimchi Museum which displays the more than 150 kinds of kimchi, and ways to serve it.

Why is it called kimchi?

The origin of the name, kimchi, may have originated from the word chimchae which means salting of vegetables. It then probably went through some phonetic changes such as from chimchae to dimchae to kimchae to kimchi. Sometimes it is spelled kimchee.

When I lived in Seoul, S. Korea I had the pleasure of enjoying kimchi, of every kind, on a daily basis. My favorite is the most popular kind, the one made from bok choy. Kimchi stir fried rice is also excellent.

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Comments

John F on May 29, 2012:

Fantastic article! I eat kimchi almost everyday. I bring it (bok choy style) to work for lunch and have it for dinner as a side dish almost every night. I cook a lot of Japanese and Korean dishes so pickles constantly occupy my fridge. I don't understand why most Americans don't eat things like kimchi. It's healthy AND delicious! They've been doing things right with their diet in the East for centuries!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 26, 2012:

Wow Maria Vasquez. Nothing like taking total control of your health...as you did. And what results. Maybe you will share the link to your test kitchen so others will take a look. You've inspired me!

Maria Vasquez on February 24, 2012:

Hi thanks for this post. I cook and just made my first batch of Kimchi, just the way I like it. I post in my test kitchen the results. I talk a lot of the benefits of probiotics. Your post helps back up what I say. btw. I've been on a probiotic kick for 9 months now. I am almost 64. and now have so much energy I burned off 40 lbs. I feel so much better, as I suffered with a lot of different illnesses. I was on over 150 prescription pills a month. now i'm down to 30. Good stuff.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 02, 2012:

Most often Iris - I buy kimchi in the large Korean supermarkets (in Queens, New York City) where it is made fresh and then packaged in individual containers - they make lots of fresh foods - excellent. However, locally (here in Brooklyn, New York City) there is a tiny market owned by a Korean family and they sell Kimchi in a jar - two different brands and I have to say they are both pretty good (I do like my kimchi a bit hotter and spicier) but I do not remember the brand names.

I'd say it's worth a try at only around $4.00 for a small jar. And it is in the refrigerated section so it is not processed for an endless shelf life.

I often give the jars of kimchi as a gift and it is a big hit!

If you do find a brand and like it I hope you will share it with us. It may be a couple weeks before I get to the nearest local market to find out those brand names.

And thanks for the lovely compliment!

Iris on February 02, 2012:

What are your thoughts on store bought kim chi, gochujang, doenjang...? Would they be considered processed? Can you recommend any store bought brands that are safe?

Whenever I ask my Korean friends, they always say that they don't even know how to make kim chi. Their grandmothers make it all lol. I love your site btw. :D

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 16, 2012:

Thanks sparkezbunny. A reminder that even good things should be enjoyed in moderation!

sparkezbunny on January 15, 2012:

Just don't eat too much. One study shows that heavy kimchi eaters had as much as a 50% higher rates of stomach cancer.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 12, 2012:

Seems kimchi is not known at the common supermarket chains. That may be a good thing because it may become too adulterated.

So far I can only find it at Korean owned markets. It is also sold online by Korean companies. I have not tried that but since it is fermented it should be okay for a quick shipping.

And if you just scroll back up to the 4th comment by Granny Choe - I checked her site 2 years ago and she sells kimchi and much more.

Hope you find it and enjoy it!

lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on January 10, 2012:

Wow! I had never heard of this food. I am so curious now that I want to run to the store and buy it. Is it available at the popular supermarkets? I love bok choy so I know I will love kimchi. I will have to get some recipes. I really learned something today. Thanks!!!!!!!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 21, 2011:

You are so right Stef. In fact in S. Korea kimchi was incorporated in so many different foods. Here now, a favorite of mine is making kimchi fried-rice.

Thanks for spreading the word.

Stef on December 20, 2011:

I put portions of kimchi in pasta, on pizza, with my tacos and in quesedillas, the versatility is limitless. Of course I visit my local Korean restaurant once a week for Kimchi Stew as well. Spread the word; immune systems rejoice

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 05, 2011:

You're welcome gavelect - and thanks a lot for your comments. It's time to stock up.

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gavelect from Glasgow on November 09, 2011:

lol thanks for the personal welcome :-). I like spicy food myself. If I ever come across it I will be sure to give it a bash.

Cheers

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 09, 2011:

Oooh love my gory intestines, gavelect! There are over 200 kinds of kimchi - many vegetables can be fermented like this. This one, made with cabbage happens to be my favorite. I like the bit of crunch and I like the spiciness. It's also easiest to find. And a little bit goes a long way. I hope you find some and try it and then let us know if you like it. As the weather gets chillier here in NYC I'm more likely to eat it - or bring it to someone's home as a gift. It goes over well as a gift.

gavelect from Glasgow on November 09, 2011:

Great post on Kimchi. The image makes it look tasty and it probably is however, all the gory details of intestines and what kind o put me off a little lol.

How does it taste. I have read a few commenter opinions but what's yours?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 05, 2011:

Great to meet another kimchi lover kerlynb! After living in S. Korea over a 4 year period it was so obvious why Korean people are healthy and do not have the weight problems like we do here in the US. They believe in locally grown fresh food and know all their benefits. I've eaten so many kinds of kimchi but the cabbage one is the most popular here and was my favorite in S.Korea. Thanks for writing!

kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on November 04, 2011:

No wonder Koreans eat kimchi with each meal! It's chock-full in nutrients. Fermentation really brings out so much health benefits in kimchi and in many other kinds of food. As for me, I prefer the cabbage kimchi. Radish kimchi would also be good though it is less in supply than cabbage kimchi in my area.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 29, 2011:

You're welcome! Now I want kimchi rice bruzzbuzz. It is an excellent, tasty dish. Glad to hear you are taking good care of yourself.

bruzzbuzz from Texas , USA on October 29, 2011:

The kimchi rice sounds like something I would like. I started juicing and eating better early in the summer and dropped a significant amount of weight. If course, I am much healthier too. The kimchi rice will fit nicely into my healthier lifestyle. Thanks for a great hub.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 05, 2011:

You're welcome AnnetteyBetty! Since I live in NYC I am finding kimchi readily available and think I will pick up some soon!

Loved that you wrote!

AnnetteyBetty on October 04, 2011:

LOVE THIS! Such good info and advice. I had no idea kimchi had so many great purposes and the taste...awesome. Thanks so much ^_^

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 19, 2011:

Thanks for commenting StephenSMcmillan!

It is addictive happypuppy - and I find as winter approaches the cravings start again.

Glad you enjoyed this most unique food.

happypuppy on August 18, 2011:

I first had kimchi at a Korean restaurant and have become addicted to it. Kimchi with white rice is so amazing! It's also a great side dish to your BBQ ribs...yummy!

I'm fortunate to live close to a Korean supermarket call "Super HMart"...love to go shopping there :)

StephenSMcmillan on June 28, 2011:

Great hub.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 08, 2011:

When I was in S. Korea I had every kind of kimchi, radish kimchi was popular - amazing! I'm a big fan.

Here in NYC it seems bok choi is the common term and not napa. Of course the quality is inferior so it does not taste as good as the real kimchi of Korea.

I am a big fan of Korean cuisine!

Thanks for writing.

Michelle on June 08, 2011:

The most common form of kimchi is from napa cabbage, not bok choy, although there is a bok choy kimchi (but it is not as common as the napa cabbage version). Have you tried radish kimchi from the daikon radish? That one is delicious too. Anyway, thank you for the informative article! Kimchi is the best!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 21, 2010:

I suppose it demands on how long you cook it. A quick stir fry - which I have done with rice, is still quite tasty and spicy and I guess still has a lot of the nutrients. But probably not all.

I think cooking anything too long - or baking in the oven would destroy nutrients - and that's probably true of all foods. Once the flavor leaves kimchi I suspect the nutrients too.

I do like it cold for the absolute best flavor.

And I am glad you wrote!

JC on November 21, 2010:

Do you lose health benefits when cooking Kimchi?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 24, 2010:

You're welcome Dang. I must say I really like the idea that you have turned this into a business. How enterprising. With so many people loving kimchi now and appreciating the health benefits - this could be my specialty at gatherings. Such a great idea. You've inspired me.

Thanks for writing.(I have some kimchi in the fridge right now - it is just so addictive)

Dang on September 24, 2010:

Hi BkCrative

Thanks for the info on health benefits of kimchi. Actually i really love kimchi very much without knowing the health benefits you've mentioned in this site. I even made my own kimchi based on the recipe i got from the internet and guess what even my officemates liked it when i brought some in the office. Now they are ordering kimchi with me. Now i more than love kimchi specially after knowing the health benefits.

Thanks for the info!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 21, 2010:

You're welcome Micky Dee. I do find it addictive. Thanks for writing!

Micky Dee on July 21, 2010:

I love kimchi. I'll enjoy some soon! Thank you BK!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 10, 2010:

Kevin - your mother was absolutely right and I hope you listened. S. Korea is absolutely amazing on so many levels - and food is just one of them. I had some of the best years of my life living there. Wow!

Thanks for commenting!

kevin on July 10, 2010:

Wow, I am Korean and never knew Kimchi was this good for you. I've been doing some research online about Kimchi and I guess my mother was right all along.

Well, I was born here in the states. :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 14, 2010:

I think you will enjoy it theherbivorehippi - it is so unique and so nutritious. Hope you can find a good source.

Let me know please. Enjoy!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 14, 2010:

Hmmmmm kimchi? I must try some of this! I feel as though I've had it before because it sounds familiar but I'm really not sure! sounds like something I would love though! :) Great hub!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 05, 2010:

Thank you so much OrganicAloha! Of course the Korea people knew what they were doing when they created this amazing food! I loved living in Seoul because I had the opportunity to eat a super healthy diet. Great food! Great Women! Great country!

Thanks for your input! And great blog by the way. I wish I knew how to leave a comment!

OrganicAloha on April 05, 2010:

Kimchi has been voted the most healthiest food in the World. Along with Dengjang, Korean Bean Paste. Some call it miso, but the true origin of bean paste is from Korea/China way back when.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 04, 2010:

Yes, the un-food foods Rochelle Frank. That's what it is - and manufacturers get away with it. They can call a candy bar chocolate even though it only contains 10% chocolate.

I looove sauerkraut and had some last night with some left over. My Dear Mother used to make it and I'm talking about over 50 years ago - it was outstanding! and nothing on the market comes close to it. I haven't made yogurt in years but it was so much better than the overprocessed stuff on the market now.

Ah, kimchi - I've had great kimchi and tasteless kimchi. But when it is good it is...well exciting, like all good foods.

Thanks so much for your input!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 04, 2010:

I will come back to this for a more focused read.

I make my own yogurt, and my husband's German family introduced me to real sauerkraut. I think probiotics are more important than ever in a society overcome with un-food foods. I have tasted a rather overpowering version of kimchi. I'm sure it was not my favorite culinary experience-- but then I know lots of people who 'hate' sauerkraut-- until they taste mine.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 04, 2010:

So true Rudra! I worked in S. Korea and they would not dream of eating the processed garbage we call food here in the US - and for school lunches - never! The children were fed a real 4-5 course meal. The quality of food is far superior, overwhelmingly fresh, and locally grown. And they eat, they eat a lot but it is not packaged, frozen, processed, dairy-based - or cooked in ovens. Ovens are not standard in S. Korea.

Thanks for your input!

Rudra on March 04, 2010:

There is no doubt that food in the far east is definitely healthier as it consists of plenty of fish and other healthy produce. Fast food is one of the culprits in the west.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 04, 2010:

As long as it is not a dietary supplement, Rudra, I can eat it - as a food. The people in S. Korea are a perfect living example of the healthy benefits of kimchi which is a staple at every meal. We should wish in the U. S. to be half as healthy.

Thanks for commenting!

Rudra on March 04, 2010:

Actually I am a little sceptical of probiotics. The ecology of the gut has evolved over millions of years and would it be appropriate for us to interfere. But as far as natural products are taken, then it should be OK.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 30, 2010:

You're welcome Greenheart. I hope you find the kimchi and enjoy it. My favorite is made from bok choy - I think that is the most popular. Thanks for writing!

Greenheart from Cambridge on January 30, 2010:

Hi BkCreative.

Thanks for the hub.

I will be looking out for a Korean food shop to get hold of some Kimchi.I heard that it is a good immune booster and may help with various flu's.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 29, 2010:

Hello allie8020 - I'm glad to meet another kimchi lover. I'm glad you found the information useful. Thanks for writing!

Allie Mendoza from San Francisco Bay Area, California on January 28, 2010:

Great hub! I've recently been eating more kimchi the last 2 weeks, but I had no idea it has a lot of health benefits. I'm so glad it's now part of my diet. This is very useful information. Thanks!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 17, 2010:

Nice to meet you Deborah Mazon. Enjoy your wonderful kimchi!

Deborah Mazon on January 17, 2010:

Thanks. I am trying to eat better and I am going out for kimchi tomorrow. Good hub, good to know!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 14, 2009:

I got quite a bit of info from the Korea Food Research Institute. Just google or yahoo that and look for kimchi.

lookinforinfo on November 14, 2009:

I am writing a paper for biology on kimchi and its probiotic benefits. I need some scientific back up, can you offer any suggestions?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 14, 2009:

Ahhh, Incheon - I have great memories. I made some kimchi rice the other day - it was excellent. Here in NYC I can buy really good kimchi at the Korean market - as well as pa jun and quite a few other really good foods.

Thanks for writing!

Ann Olson from St. Paul, Minnesota on November 14, 2009:

My uhma's fed me kimchi since I was a toddler. And it's true - nothing's better for a cold than kimchi, especially kimchi jjigae. Unfortunately it's hard to get good kimchi jjigae in the middle of Minnesota, but hopefully when I see my relatives in Incheon next year I can have all the jjigae I want :D

The longer the kimchi ferments, the better it tastes!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 12, 2009:

Thanks Cheeky Chick - hope you find good kimchi. When I'm near a Korean supermarket I can find it at great prices. Good stuff too. At my local farmer's market - they sell a Chinese style kimchi - but I prefer the Korean style.

Glad you wrote!

Cheeky Chick on November 12, 2009:

Thanks for the info, Bk. I tried getting store bought kimchi today from Safeway, but couldn't find it. I will check another store with a larger specialty or Asian food section. Or, maybe I'll get brave enough to make my own. I've had it once before and I really liked it.

You are such a great resource!

XOXO

Cheeky

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 12, 2009:

Hello Cheeky Chick - in the research I've done - I've read that dairy creates the stomach and bloating problems - kimchi has no dairy. I've never had a problem and know no one that has. The good thing about making it yourself is that you can control the hot spice - although I like it quite spicy!

Nice to meet you!

Cheeky Chick on November 11, 2009:

I had no idea that kimchi was rich in probiotics. Kimchi sounds like a way for me to get some veggies and probiotics all in one delicious side dish.

You mentioned lactic acid bacteria...I get bloating and stomach pain from dairy (I'm lactose intolerant), do you think I would react the same way to lactic acid bacteria?

Thanks for the information!

XOXO

Cheeky

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 26, 2009:

I think you may enjoy it beyondthegarden! Nice to meet you by the way and I'm coming to visit!

beyondthegarden on October 26, 2009:

I have yet to try Kimchi. I don't know what I am waiting for. As a vegetarian, you would have thought I would have tried it by now. It is healthy for you too, so now I can try it out and pig out on it without the guilt. :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 25, 2009:

Hello Mocha Momma! I think you might enjoy the bit of spice! Hope you like. Nice to meet you and I will come and visit you! Thanks for commenting!

Mocha Momma from DMV Metro Area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) on October 25, 2009:

BKCreative,

What a great article! Thanks so much for this info! I don't think that I've tried Kimchi and I most definitely will try it now as I love to try different foods from all over!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 20, 2009:

You're welcome TotalReviewGuy! Enjoy your bulgogi!

TotalReviewGuy from Your Computer on October 20, 2009:

I love kimchi... didn't know it contained probiotics until reading your hub. Now I just need some bulgogi and a mixed kimchi appetizer and I'm all set. Thanks - Trig

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 23, 2009:

Thanks for the comment hinckles koma. So true about it being vital to the digestive tract - I have to restock and will soon. And you just need a little!

Nice to meet you!

hinckles koma from nyc on September 23, 2009:

I loveeeee this stuff I keep a big glass jar in my house if you eat meat kimchi is vital to your digestive track

great work

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 23, 2009:

Hello Rubes. It is quite a unique taste. Even those who thought it was too spicy and would never eat it again - tend to come back for more - I think the body recognizes the need and a craving sets in!

Rubes from Somwhere up high on September 22, 2009:

Glad you enjoyed the Kimchi! Never had it myself, but it looks delicious.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 20, 2009:

As a matter, febriedethan, I do know how to make kimbap - and bibimbap is one of my favorite easy meals - so nutritious and with lots of hot pepper paste. I lived in Seoul over a 4 year period and I ate the best foods! My favorite meal is pa jun, with sujabe - and let's not forget the dongdongju! Thrillsville!

Lucky you ChrissyDean that your father makes kimchi - I find it addictive once I start eating it. I plan to make some for the winter. I will come and visit you now!

Thanks for writing Andron - and we can learn so much from ancient civilizations. Kimchi has kept the people of Korea very healthy for ages - they understand food and it's healing benefits!

I'll even take a supplement when there is going to be a major change - like traveling - or working with children.

Now we know!

Thanks all for commenting!

Andron on September 20, 2009:

So true hypnosis4u2 - we are a pill popping culture - yet we are still so unhealthy. They are meant to be supplements I suppose and not take the place of real food. One hubber mentioned that her daughter takes supplements when she travels - that makes sense - we do need the extra benefits when stress sets in or there is some change in our lives.

ChrissyDean on September 20, 2009:

My father has been making kimchi for years and swears by it. It's actually not bad, but I never make it myself. Thanks for this!

febriedethan from Indonesia on September 20, 2009:

Hi..I like Kimchi too, though I just tasted it in Korean restaurant in Indonesia. You seem know a lot about Korean dishes, do you know how to make kimbap? Gamsa.:)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 17, 2009:

You're very welcome meteoboy!

Nothing like a good Korean restaurant. Glad you enjoyed the kimchi! I find it addictive - and will probably make some this winter.

Thanks for commenting!

meteoboy from GREECE on September 17, 2009:

I was at USA 4 months ago . I tasted first time Kinchi in a Korean restaurant with a friend from South Korea . It tasted pretty good. But I did know the benefits for our health. Your hub gave me the ability to know about it. Thank you for this.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 11, 2009:

I agree dashingclaire - Kimchi is soooo addictive!

I'm a NYer too - so I can find every cuisine in the world right here!

Thanks for writing!

dashingclaire from United States on September 11, 2009:

I agree with kimchilover, I love kimchi. A Korean woman made it for me. Once I got pass the fermented part, I was addictive. Thank you from a New Yorker where you can find any food!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 31, 2009:

Thank you Granny Choe! We have a long way to go before we begin (once again) to understand the health benefits of real food. Healthy bacteria is a good thing and necessary. I will check out your website!

So true hypnosis4u2 - we are a pill popping culture - yet we are still so unhealthy. They are meant to be supplements I suppose and not take the place of real food. One hubber mentioned that her daughter takes supplements when she travels - that makes sense - we do need the extra benefits when stress sets in or there is some change in our lives.

I'm with you on the Asian cuisine. Love it love it love it!

hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on August 30, 2009:

Probiotics are definitely gaining some attention but as you mention tends to be with supplements rather than real food. But some attention is better than none.

Thanks for the hub though. I love Asian Cuisine in all its many styles and flavors.

Granny Choe on August 26, 2009:

Way to spread the word about kimchi's infinite health benefits! A lot of people hear about the bacteria in kimchi and think "gross," but connecting it to something they're familiar with (yogurt) definitely helps :)

Granny Choe

www.GrannyChoeKimchi.com

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 08, 2009:

Hi charm-baker, yes probiotics are the big thing but unfortunately Americans always think of supplements so there are tons of such on the market - but food is the real deal - and Koreans have known this for ages - thus kimchi. There are lots of fermented foods with all the benefits.

But we have all had sauerkraut (unfortunately too often with hotdogs) and we know the homemade pickles.

Thanks for the many compliments!

KimchiLover - I too find kimchi addictive - or maybe I just feel healthier and my gut (what it's good for) is asking for more because I need it.

If you are in NYC look for a big Korean market and you can buy it always at a good price.

Thanks for writing!

KimchiLover on August 05, 2009:

I love kimchi and you are right - it is addictive. Sometimes I just crave it - maybe my gut is telling me something. Thanks for this. Will check the recipe.

Charm Baker from Los Angeles, California on August 02, 2009:

Wow - I have to admit, I was kinda appalled at the beginning of the hub - FERMENTED FOOD??? Ugh!!! I wasn't able to relate until you mentioned Americans and yogurt:) I don't think I ever knew the beneficial effects of yogurt even. This is definitely food for thought! (PUN INTENDED:)Great Hub, as always.

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