4 Health Benefits of Eating Gochujang
Gochujang, Korean chili pepper paste, is Korea’s most infamous condiment and for good reason. It’s what makes your mouth water and lips smack, serving as a key ingredient in many Korean dishes from dak-galbee (spicy stir-fried chicken) to bibimbap (vegetable rice bowls where beef is optional but commonly added). The blend of fermented soybeans, rice, and chili peppers is what gives gochujang its distinct umami flavor and heat.
But did you know that besides packing a flavorful punch, there are many health benefits of gochujang?
To put it into perspective, pictures this: the average South Korean lives four years longer than the average American and the obesity rate in US adults is over 6 times that of the South Korean adult population. While diet may not be the only contributing factor to these statistics, it is a significant one. Here are 4 health benefits of gochujang:
- Increase metabolism and burn more fat. Capsaicin, a compound found in red chili peppers, expedites metabolism, helping to burn more fat.
- Probiotics and enzymes. The fermentation process creates probiotics and enzymes that help break down fats and improve digestive health.
- Low fat and calorie count. Gochujang has zero fat and about 30 calories per tablespoon. Guilt-free tastiness.
- Lower cholesterol and stress Levels. Studies from the Journal of Ethnic Foods show that gochujang consumption helps significantly reduce total cholesterol, low density, cholesterol, and even stress! Many Koreans eat spicy foods when they want to relieve stress. Who knew it really worked?
If gochujang sounds badass, it’s because, well... it is. You may be asking yourself, “Where can I get some gochujang?”Well, what a coincidence. It just so happens that we got you covered. Get yourself some KPOP Sauce, with its key ingredient of gochujang to help you achieve your New Year health resolution.