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Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Commentary, Ingredients, Korean Food | 0 comments

3 reasons kimchi is good for weight loss

3 reasons kimchi is good for weight loss

According to nutritionist Marjorie Nolan Cohn in a recent interview with Fox News, prebiotics and probiotics are crucial to gut health and weight loss. And one of the staples of Korean cuisine helps with both.

Cohn said cabbage, onions and garlic are all rich in prebiotics. Those ingredients are abundant in classic 배추김치 baechu kimchi, the red chili-jazzed fermented cabbage side dish commonly called just kimchi.

Prebiotics are indigestible fiber. Probiotics are “good bacteria” living in our intestines. As the prebiotics are eaten by the probiotics, the latter create gas and help move the remains of our meals through our digestive tract.

Rich in prebiotics, kimchi also is packed wtih probiotics, as the main fermenters are lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus).

Cohn said probiotic- and prebiotic-rich diets make your stomach feel full, which encourages moderation:

“Ultimately you’re eating less when eating prebiotic-(fiber-)rich foods, and that’s most likely how these foods can help you manage your weight.”

Here are three good reasons to add kimchi to your weight-loss plan:

  1. Eat it for the nutrients, such as vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium and iron.
  2. Eat it for the tangy zip it adds to the meal by itself or part of a dish.
  3. Have the guts to eat it for your stomach’s sake.
kimchi at Soban restaurant in Petaluma, Calif.
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Kimchi is the Korean word for pickled vegetables. 배추김치 baechu kimchi, like this banchan at Soban restaurant in Petaluma, Calif., is the spicy pickled cabbage dish often associated with Korean cuisine. (TAMMY QUACKENBUSH PHOTO)

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