Need a quick but filling meal? Spice up your ramen with probiotic kimchi. It’s fast, simple, and amazingly tasty. Better, it includes probiotics that promote better health.
Kimchi as Health Food
Kimchi is a popular fermented food made famous in Korean cuisine. Not only is it tasty, it’s healthy for you. Kimchi is made from fermented vegetables such as cabbage or radishes. Studies have found that it may help reduce insulin resistance and blood cholesterol but comes with a few other benefits.
For instance, fermentation is a process that involves the breakdown of sugars by bacteria and yeast. Not only does this help enhance the preservation of foods, but eating fermented foods can also boost the number of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, found in your gut. Probiotics have been associated with a variety of health benefits, including improved digestion, better immunity and even increased weight loss (1).
Kimchi boasts an extensive array of health benefits thanks to its fermentation process and may be especially effective when it comes to lowering cholesterol and reducing insulin resistance. Insulin is responsible for transporting glucose from the blood to the tissues. When you sustain high levels of insulin for long periods, your body stops responding to it normally, resulting in high blood sugar and insulin resistance.
In one study, 21 people with prediabetes consumed either fresh or fermented kimchi for eight weeks. By the end of the study, those consuming fermented kimchi had decreased insulin resistance, blood pressure and body weight (2). While this is too low a population for firm results, they are promising and warrant further study.
In another study, people were given a diet with either a high or low amount of kimchi for seven days. Interestingly, a higher intake of kimchi led to greater decreases in blood sugar, blood cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol (3).
For a delicious treat, add kimchi to your ramen. It will add wonderful flavor. Kimchi is easy to make and can be added to everything from noodle bowls to sandwiches. For an easy kimchi recipe, check out this recipe from Foodie With Family.
Kimchi Ramen Preparation:
- Prepare packaged ramen according to directions
- Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of fish or oyster sauce into a small sauce pan
- Add 2 cups of water and ramen noodles and boil for 4 minutes over medium heat or to desired tenderness
- Remove the ramen from heat
- Add half a cup of kimchi. Do not boil the kimchi as this will kill the beneficial bacteria in the kimchi that you’re wanting to ingest.
Kimchi ramen is quick and easy. This is one of my go to meals when I’m in a hurry and not wanting to cook. I prefer using Lotus Foods packaged ramen since they are usually gluten free and made with rice flours and real seasonings instead of chemical ones. Commercial ramen, for example, is usually made with wheat and includes tons of additives and preservatives, along with loads of salt. My favorite ramen for kimchi ramen is Lotus Foods’ millet & brown rice ramen. The flavors go really nicely with kimchi but other ramen versions work too.
Millet and Brown Rice Ramen Ingredients: *brown rice flour, *millet, water, *white rice flour. Soup Pack: red miso powder (cultured soybeans and rice, salt), tamari powder (soybeans, sea salt), salt, red onion powder, dried wakame seaweed, sugar, garlic powder, ginger powder, dried parsley, dried chili powder. *organic.
Try something new with a bowl of kimchi ramen and enjoy the benefits of probiotics in your meal. You’ll love the flavors and textures and your body will appreciate the added health boost.
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