We often wonder if there is a magic bullet for weight loss. The short answer is no. However, research is discovering some fascinating pieces of information and one food that may help is kimchi.
WHAT IS KIMCHI?
"Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean delicacy, which is made from vegetables like napa cabbage and radishes, and a range of spices and seasonings. These seasonings include pepper, chili powder, garlic, ginger, and scallions. The taste of kimchi is salty and spicy like pickled vegetables and it is used as a side dish in many countries." reference
So, what happened when they studied kimchi?
A recent study that was published in the journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research featured 22 obese participants. The study divided them into two groups with each eating either fresh kimchi or fermented kimchi added to their diet for two weeks and then switching with a two-week washout period in between.
The fermented group showed a significant decrease in hip-to-waist ratio and percentage of body fat as well as significant improvements in symptoms of metabolic syndrome such as fasting blood glucose, blood pressure and total cholesterol.
What is most interesting is that both groups lost weight and saw improvements. So, the ingredients in kimchi were playing a role. It was just more significant when they consumed the fermented kimchi,
meaning the process of fermentation turned good foods into super foods.
Just one more reason to consume kimchi on a regular basis. However, if you are trying to lose weight you may want to add it to your regimen everyday to help you reach your goal.
Kimchi is also good for gut health and optimal gut health has also been shown to aid
weight loss and decrease cravings. If the flavour of kimchi is too strong for you, then consume it will
something bland like rice.
Would you like to have a go at making your own kimchi?