Why is Korean food healthy?

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Why is Korean food healthy?

 

There’s a reason why Korean cuisine is such a global culinary powerhouse. Not only are most Korean dishes look and taste so balanced given its equal emphasis on lean meat and vegetables, it is also considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. It is also not surprising that South Korea has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world. In today’s article we are featuring some important points that explain why Korean cuisine is widely regarded as healthy

1. Korean dishes feature a diverse variety of vegetables

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Koreans are really fond of incorporating a lot of vegetables into their dishes, regardless of whether they are main dishes or just sides. Cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and lettuce leaves, among others, are some of the most common vegetables that you will likely see in a typical Korean dish. Even their meat wraps are made out of leafy greens! Koreans are also fond of almost anything fermented, and this explains why they are just so fond of kimchi. Fermented food items are usually full of good bacteria, nutrients and minerals that help promote good health.

2. Korean dishes use lean meats

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Koreans are not just purely about vegetables because as we all know, a lot of their popular dishes feature a lot of meat in them. However, unlike other cuisines that feature large, fatty chunks of meat, Koreans are fond of using lean cuts of chicken and beef that are generally healthier for the body, particularly for the cardiovascular system. No wonder that heart problems do not really plague Koreans in general!

3. Koreans employ healthy cooking techniques and practices

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You should have noticed by now that Koreans love to ferment, grill, stir-fry and stew in terms of preparing their dishes. These cooking techniques allow the main ingredients of each dish to be cooked in their own juices. This is different to the cooking practices of other countries where obesity rates are high because of their fondness in deep-frying their food. Koreans are also known for not using a lot of preservatives and other artificial substances on their food.

Here’s a list of some health benefits that we are expected to get from eating Korean dishes:

  1. Lower risk for suffering from heart ailments, blood pressure problems, and neurological disorders;
  2. Decreased chance in having cancer because of the regular inclusion of nutritious vegetables;
  3. Healthy internal organs and stronger bones due to protein derived from lean cuts of meat;
  4. Better metabolism and digestion because of the presence of probiotics or good bacteria in a lot of fermented food items
  5. Nicer skin because of minimal usage of preservatives.

Are you now a much bigger fan of Korean cuisine because of the amazing health benefits we provided above? Do let us know in the comments section below how much you appreciate healthy Korean food. And speaking of Korean food, don’t hesitate to visit our website, Korean BBQ Online, today so you can start preparing for a healthy Korean BBQ feast!
 

5 Korean Food Blogs You Must Check Out Today

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5 Korean Food Blogs You Must Check Out Today

Nothing beats the feeling of being introduced to Korean cuisine than going to websites that feature mouth-watering pictures of various beautifully plated Korean dishes. These informative websites are also excellent resources of a wide array of Korean dish recipes, cooking tips and Korean culture insights that will make you feel as if you are in Korea yourself. If you’re only starting to get to know Korean cuisine in general, then we made a list of awesome Korean food blogs that should do the job:

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1. Seoul Eats

Seoul Eats is one of the most comprehensive Korean food blogs out there that not only feature various Korean dishes and recipes but almost everything that is to know about Korea. Planning on a holiday in Seoul? Itching to know some customer reviews about Korean restaurants? Hoping to get tips on how understand Koreans better? Not knowing what to prepare for your next Korean lunch? Daniel Gray, who manages this website, has gotten you covered.

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2. Eat Your Kimchi

Another excellent resource about Korean food and life in general is Eatyourkimchi by Simon and Martina. Just like Seoul Eats, this website goes beyond featuring appetizing Korean meat cuts, stews, banchans and other dishes. It also gives its readers an insight into the Korean psyche by posting content related to Kpop, Korean way of life, treasure finds, personal experiences of living in Korea and everything else that will make you fall in love with everything and anything Korean even more.

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3. My Korean Kitchen

The passion of food blogger Sue just explodes on her website, My Korean Kitchen. On this website Sue makes an effort to provide people with an authentic way of experiencing Korean food and culture through her picture-based posts and instructional videos, all of which should get you up to speed in creating your own Korean dish creations. She’s also generous in sharing various tips and insights when one goes to travel or even live in Korea.

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4. Aeri’s Kitchen

Aeri of Aeri’s Kitchen loves to cook, and she does so well in letting her fans know through her own website, or should we say, kitchen. Aside from the amazing Korean dish features and fusion recipes (Western and traditional) that she posts regularly, she is also outstanding in providing some tutorials for people who are interested to learn the Korean language. How’s that for combining your interests in languages and food?

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5. Maangchi

Maangchi is one globally popular Korean food blog that it now has a solid community of followers from all over the world. One of the most popular features of this site is its forum where members can just join the community and start interacting with other members. Got a question about Korean way of life? Not sure what particular cooking item or meat cut to buy? Go to Maangchi and get your questions answered. In general, this site not only features authentic Korean cooking but also real Korean food and culture enthusiasts who will be with you in your journey towards appreciating and loving Korea even more.

Do you visit other Korean food blogs or websites that we didn’t get to include in our list above? Share them all below in the comments for our readers’ benefit. And once again, we thank you for visiting our blog here at Korean BBQ Online! Now you know who to contact for your Korean BBQ needs!