November 04, 2011 11:16
A recent study revealed that eating well-fermented kimchi can help people lose more weight compared to eating a fresher version of the side dish.
The Korean Rural Development Administration and Ajou University conducted a joint research on 22 overweight adults for a period of three months. Half were given well-fermented kimchi to eat, while the other half ate fresh kimchi.
The results showed that the first group lost more body fat and showed greater improvement in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The researchers explained that fiber from kimchi's main ingredient, napa cabbage, and vitamins A and C from the red chili peppers, helped in losing weight.
The fiber extracted from napa cabbage and the capsaicin in red chili peppers, which both facilitate the decomposition of body fat, are more activated in the process of fermentation, the researchers explained.
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