Superfoods: Kimchi

A spicy food in traditional Korean cuisine, kimchi is no longer just a condiment or side dish to a Korean meal. This spicy fermented napa cabbage is now frequently included in salads, sandwiches, stir-fries and soups. Rich in vitamins A and C, the strong flavor of kimchi is distinctive and exotic and is now widely available at Asian grocery stores, health food stores and some high-end supermarkets.

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With only 34 calories and no total fat per 100 grams serving, kimchi is a low-calorie, low-fat food. However, kimchi is rarely eaten on its own, so to keep the calorie and fat content low, choose low-fat dishes like stir-fries or soups to use your kimchi in. As a vegetable-based food, kimchi contains only 2 grams of protein per serving and low amounts of carbohydrates and sugars, but it does have 2 grams of dietary fiber per 100 grams.

Colorado State University reports that the recommended intake of dietary fiber for adults is 14 grams per 1,000 calories. Based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, 100 grams of kimchi will provide a little more than 7 percent of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber.