Kimchi to your Health !
(Fort Lee, NJ) April 20, 2006 - An American monthly health magazine selected the staple Korean food kimchi as one of the world's five healthiest foods in its March edition. So, what makes the most common side dish in Korean's diet so special?
Health Magazine recommended readers to add kimchi to their diets as it has bacteria lactobacilli as well as high levels of vitamins A, B and C.
A steady diet of kimchi not only lowers one's cholesterol level but can also help to shed unwanted pounds. The traditional pickled and fermented vegetable dish is known to prevent yeast infections and cancer as well as help with digestion.
In recent investigations, kimchi has been found effective in curing viral diseases for fowl, including bird flu and Newcastle disease.
The origin of kimchi dates back to at least the 13th century when the first written record of it appears in a book by the scholar Yi Gyu-bo. It is believed that there are about 200 varieties of kimchi with their own distinct tastes, depending on ingredients, regions and family recipes. Since then, the taste of kimchi has evolved over the years, but the introduction of red pepper into Korea in the 1900s gave kimchi the spicy personality it is known for today.
Enthusiasts of Kimchi
Last week, we picked Napa cabbage in the garden. Now, we're using it to make kimchi in the kitchen. Make it at home:
Heather Graham and Marja
Actress Heather Graham and Marja Vongerichen attended "Kimchi Chronicles" press conference in Seoul Korea
Three-star Michelin Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten's culinary empre includes restaurant in Las Vegas, London, Paris and Shanghai, as well as his flagship eatery Jean Georges in New York.