Calling out all Celiacs, gluten intolerant, and wheat
sensitive folks! Kimchi could be the answer!
First of all what is
Kimchi is a Korean side dish of fermented vegetables, Napa cabbage being the
most common and popular. Kimchi is served at nearly every meal in Korea
and is a staple in Korean diet.
Napa Cabbage Kimchi
I recently started eating Kimchi regularly and I noticed
that my digestion and bloaty-ness has greatly improved. It might take some
getting use to, especially if you are foreign to a lot of Asian spices but
hopefully by the end of this post I will have convinced you enough to go out
and try it!
What else is in it?
The most common type of Kimchi consists of Napa cabbage brined with scallions, chili
peppers, spices (red pepper flakes), ginger, garlic, and sometimes shrimp or
Typical ingredients for Kimchi
How does it help
The fermentation process that the vegetables go through is
what makes Kimchi so good for digestion. Specifically the lactobacillus that is most commonly found in yogurt, but well
fermented Kimchi actually contains more lactic acid bacteria than most store
bought yogurt. So for those who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to diary
products Kimchi is a great alternate way to receive bacteria lactobacillus’s
Some of Lactobacillus's benefits in the digestive system:
- Helps alleviates Crohn's Diesease
- Inflammation of the colon
- Acid Reflux
Kimchi’s nutritional profile is so diverse; it pretty much
has the entire vitamin alphabet (okay I’m joking, but it contains most of them
:P)It is high in vitamin A, B, C, and Beta Carotene plus the vitamins double
after 3 weeks of fermentation.
Kimchi was named the World’s Healthiest Foods by Health
magazine. The link to the article is below:
High in fiber, low in sugar and fat, naturally gluten free, and a vitamin powerhouse, KIMCHI might be
the next super food. Ya never know! J
How does it REALLY
Okay enough with all the health talk; you guys want to know
if it actually tastes good right?!
It sorta tastes like sauerkraut on steroids and 5x more spicier. To me
it is the perfect balance of sour,
spicy, and salty. If the Kimchi has not been fermented too long the cabbage is crisp and has a bite to it, the longer it ferments the smell becomes more pungent and fragrant.
Kimchi's strong smell and distinctive taste might take some getting used to, but once you try it a couple of times it is incredibly addicting!!! Trust me...my family thinks I've gone a bit over board, but hey if it helps with my digestion I'll eat it! :D
Are you eating your Kimchi?! LOL
Please feel free to comment below telling us what foods works/helps your digestion or whatever gfree goodies you have in mind!
Kris and T are two college students that are both diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The goal of our blog is to provide tips, advice, and information on gluten free dining while on a budget. We will provide resturant reviews, recipes, product reviews, and tips on gluten free eats!
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