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yvonne84
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Most mass produced brands offer nutritional information on the tub/pot of kimchi.

I recommend chongga brand mat/mak (pre sliced cabbage) kimchi.

It has less sugar and starches added to it compared to some other brands.

Ingredients differ between brands, some have a whole lot of sugar and flour whilst others do not.

My advice is to buy a couple of brands in small containers so you can find which you like best.

This is one I dislike http://www.amazingoriental.com/sites/default/files/27403_0.jpg

imho it tastes nothing like homemade kimchi or restaurant kimchi.

I really like the other products that Wang makes, but their kimchi just tastes like cabbage soaked in ketchup.

Now the nutritional info for one I do like;

chongga cut cabbage kimchi

per 100 grams

calories 33

fat 0

cholesterol 0

sodium 899 mg

carbohydrates 6 gr

of which is fiber 3 gr

of which is sugar 2 gr

remaining 1 gr must me starch I presume

protein 2 gr

100 grams of this kimchi gives you 50% of your daily value of vitamin A, and 53 % of vitamin C.

Now for the ingredients (they could be better, but I haven’t found a better store bought one, my local asian supermarker has only three brands though);

-cabbage

-radish

-red pepper powder

-rice starch (guar gum)

-fructose

-salt

-garlic

-leek

-korean leek

-onion

-fermented anchovy sauce (anchovy, salt)

-MSG

-ginger

-fermented shrimp sauce (shrimp, salt)

-lacto bacillus

-sesame

Now, when you’ve tried kimchi from the store and liked it you can try making your own and really clean some unwanted ingredients out.

You can use maangchi’s recipe for easy kimchi http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-kimchi

and you can leave out the sweet rice flour, sugar and if necessary even the carrots.

This will not affect the taste much, this “clean” kimchi still tastes great.

I heard the same thing about kimchi being healthy and helping with fat-loss and weight maintenance.

-The lacto bacillus keeps your insides healthy (just like yoghurt and other fermented foods).

-the red pepper flakes/powder and ginger increase metabolism and provide anti-oxidants. Ginger is said to help the immunesystem and is often used to battle colds and flues.

-the taste of kimchi is quite an experience and really makes you feel like you’ve eaten.

This can battle cravings for salty and fatladen foods which often also have a lot of carbohydrates in the mix.

Kimchi can be so tasty it makes you feel content.

On the other hand, once you become adjusted to kimchi *addicted,, cough* you might experience cravings for kimchi or the feeling that you haven’t eaten if there was no kimchi included in the meal.

I have been on a super low carb diet (under 10 gr a day).

I ate nothing but meat boiled in water, cut and then served with a tablespoon of kimchi.

This really made the pounds go off, and even though this was a super stupid diet for my health, the kimchi really kept me sane.

I now practice a limit of 40-60 grams of carbs a day and have the occasional cheat day.

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