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What to know about kimchi

October 3, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that consists of fermented, salted vegetables. It can contain a variety of ingredients but most often includes cabbage and seasonings such as sugar, salt, onions, garlic, ginger, and chili peppers. Kimchi can provide some potential health benefits, but the fermentation process it undergoes also means that it may come with some risks.

Before advances in agriculture and technology, it was difficult to store food for long periods of time without spoilage. Therefore, people developed food preservation methods to keep food for longer. 

Fermentation is a process that utilizes microorganisms and enzymes to create chemical changes in food that can improve the shelf life of some foods and beverages.

Traditionally, during the fermentation process of kimchi — which can take up to 1 month — people place kimchi in special jars that they partially or totally store underground. 

Some evidence suggests that kimchi may possess some health benefits due to its probiotic properties but there may also be some safety concerns related to the fermentation process.

This article discusses the possible benefits and risks of kimchi and provides tips on how people can prepare it.

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