Monday, May 19, 2014

Health Benefits of Korean Foods (Kimchi and Doenjang)

Health > Recipes | By CGI Holistic Wellness Center

- Kimchi (김치)

Many think Korean foods are spicy and not easy to eat if it is the first time . This notion is perhaps from Kimchi, which is served for every Korean meal. Weather the main dish is spicy or not, this spicy side dish is always on the table if you go to any Korean restaurant. It is fermented cabbage mixed with pepper powers, salt, vinegar, and shrimp juice. It is kind of hard to get used to its taste but once you do, you cannot live without it. Kimchi is not only tasty but also well known for some of its amazing health benefits. First, it is full of vitamins. Second, it has lots of fibers and healthy bacteria called ‘lactobacilli’ which improves the digestive system. The last but probably the most important benefit of Kimchi you should know is that many studies show the chemical compounds in Kimchi are effective to prevent cancer. Try Kimchi today and let us know how you like it!

- Doenjang (된장)

Doenjang is a fermented soybean paste. It is widely used in Korean food as an ingredient for many Korean stews and soups and also as a dip for vegies and meet.
Doenjang recently became popular as studies discover its great health benefits. It contains some poweful anti-cancer properties that prevent the growth of cancel cell and also treat cancer. Additionally, it is rich in amino acid that helps with digestion preventing and treating constipation and diarrhea. It increases the activities of the large intestines promoting the digestive system. One of the most popular dish with doenjang is doenjang jjige (Soybean Stew). You can try this at almost every Korean restaurant.

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