Daily Kimchi Consumption Tied to Lower Odds of Obesity

Specifically, radish kimchi is linked to a lower prevalence of abdominal obesity in both men and women
Daily Kimchi Consumption Tied to Lower Odds of Obesity
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FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- Daily consumption of kimchi may lower men's overall risk of obesity, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in BMJ Open.

Hyein Jung, from Chung Ang University in Anseong, South Korea, and colleagues assessed the association between kimchi consumption and obesity using data from 115,726 participants (aged 40 to 69 years) enrolled in the Health Examinees study in Korea.

The researchers found that in men, total kimchi consumption of one to three servings per day was related to a lower prevalence of obesity (odds ratios, 0.875 and 0.893 for one to two servings per day and for two to three servings per day, respectively) compared with less than one serving per day. Men with the highest consumption of cabbage kimchi had 10 percent lower odds of obesity and abdominal obesity. When compared with no consumption, median consumption or higher of radish kimchi was inversely associated with lower odds of abdominal obesity (8 percent for men and 11 percent for women). 

"Since all results showed a 'J-shaped' association, it is recommended to limit excessive kimchi intake," the authors write.

Two authors disclosed being members of the staff at the World Institute of Kimchi.

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