Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Do you have what it takes to be a Soompi Moderator? APPLY NOW!

Kimchi Cancer Concern

Green Tea -3Green Tea -3 Vancouver, BCPosts: 259Member


Ok so here's the lowdown.
I've been taking Korean cooking classes and been learning to make unique korean dishes.
I'm trying to impress this girl who I met at Korean church.
Lately I have been binging on korean kimchi which I can't stop because its so tasty

Friend who isn't Korean has been im'ing about food and we've been comparing cooking notes.
Well she said that I should stop eating Kimchi because it can cause intestinal cancer in the gut.
Does anyone know if this is true?
I'm really scared and I don't want to put my health at risk.



  • TommeliseTommelise Posts: 18Member
    Nearly everything causes cancer these days.
    If it was that bad everyone in Korea would have it right now.
    Stuff like donuts, cookies, french fries and bacon are supposed to cause cancer too.
    crazy4sevenWonderBinniesara-tarthellzyah;DPeachKisses.Rainie YuKwan_x
  • buttersbutters ★ it's all about the G ★ GDRAGONLAND...Posts: 1,264Member


    all of korea lives off the stuff and i don't think most of them suffer from intestinal cancer. i think you'll be safe eating kimchi...
  • CopyLeftCopyLeft Posts: 5Member
    pretty much everything can cause cancer to a degree.
    the key is moderation.
  • Green Tea -3Green Tea -3 Vancouver, BCPosts: 259Member


    isn't korean bodies different? They are better equipped to eat kimchi so i think their stomachs is stronger.
    But remember I am Chinese so if I eat too much Kimchi my body might not be able to digest it????
    you think so?

  • Ash_KetchumAsh_Ketchum Posts: 48Banned
    You're not funny.
    MrPower_FOBchinkR!kkuMaipcrkiylBlack Stonesoyevv
  • MrPowerMrPower Level 9 Noob Victoria IslandPosts: 2,459Moderator


    This isn't even a funny troll... Sorry, you failed.
  • lonelygalz1993lonelygalz1993 SINGPosts: 251Member


    no...there are many health benefits in eating kimchi. One of them is preventing the growth of cancer cells. So, you will be just fine. and it helps with your digestion and bowels movement too:)
  • mika.16mika.16 Posts: 2,295Member
    loool its greentea!
    (a bit off topic, but apparently kimchi is the reason sars didnt spread to korea & japan, the chilli somehow helps the immune system)
  • NinjaskillsNinjaskills Posts: 451Member

    I'm not sure who to believe, since all of my Korean friends try to convince me that kimchi is not at all healthy for you. Cx
    Black Stones
  • Grey.DropsGrey.Drops United StatesPosts: 1,454Member, Friend of Soompi


    edited August 2010
    This isn't amusing.You disappoint me.I had decent expectations.
  • Green Tea -3Green Tea -3 Vancouver, BCPosts: 259Member


    edited August 2010
    The researchers, all South Korean, report that kimchi and other spicy and fermented foods could be linked to the most common cancer among Koreans. Rates of gastric cancer among Koreans and Japanese are 10 times higher than in the United States.
    "We found that if you were a very, very heavy eater of kimchi, you had a 50% higher risk of getting stomach cancer," said Kim Heon of the department of preventive medicine at Chungbuk National University and one of the authors. "It is not that kimchi is not a healthy food — it is a healthy food, but in excessive quantities there are risk factors."
  • erureerure photography junkie CaliforniaPosts: 5,927Friend of Soompi


    Kimchi is good for you because it is a good source of probiotics (which means it has a lot of good bacteria that help fight bad bacteria). However, it is salty and spicy, and there is research showing that eating a lot of salty and spicy food can cause stomach cancer -- but this doesn't only apply to kimchi of course. I love kimchi but I know that it's really salty (like eating a serving of kimchi means you're consuming over your daily limit of sodium) so I try to not eat too much. Also, washing the kimchi with water a little before you eat it is also good practice.
  • lonelygalz1993lonelygalz1993 SINGPosts: 251Member


    Green Tea -3 wrote on 08 August 2010 - 12:57 PM:

    really? coz I went to korea and went to the kimchi museum. In the museum, there was a descroption of how kimchi was made and the benefits. One of it says that it prevents cell growth and contains good bacteria that can kill germs and clean off the toxins of your body. Now I am confused....
  • dodicidodici VAPosts: 1,270Member


    Uh. Well, I'm not too sure but if you eat too much spicy food when you're not used to it, you could burn a hole through your stomach. O_O

  • sweetfantasy09sweetfantasy09 Still searching for myself... 慶太の世界Posts: 1,573Member


    but isn't kimchi considers a kind of preservative foods? if it's so, preservative foods aren't good for health though. in japan, there are many preservative foods too such as takuan (my fave! preservative radish) but i am cutting down on those already... i assume you are not eating a whole big container of kimchi per day right? also, preservative foods are usually high in sodium.. kimchi is too right? cus i remember making it once.. too much salt required. hehe! hence, it's good to have it in moderation.
    Please read the signature rules
  • eatdrinkmaneatdrinkman Posts: 1New Member
    There's a belief that a combination of high levels of nitrates/sodium and pepper together in regular kimchi is what can cause gastric carcinogens.  Regardless, if you do anything in moderation, including eating kimchi, you should be fine.  I love kimchi but I don't eat it every day.  You can mix up your banchan to just eating namul, mul kimchi or a leafy salad with a light-soy dressing.

    Anything in excess can be bad, even eating some vegetables. Eat too much corn and you can develop pellagra.  Too much citrus can cause skin eczema. Eat too much, too often and too rich you could develop the gout (as well as obesity, obviously).
    BattleRoyaleBlack Stones
  • Green Tea -3Green Tea -3 Vancouver, BCPosts: 259Member


    I'm still going to eat kimchi but I'm gonna try and eat less.
    I might wash it off a bit cause the sauce is really spicy which harbors all the sodium.
    The only thing is i like to eat kimchi as a midnight snack so i dont usually eat it with rice
  • jinnysarangjinnysarang Posts: 185Member
    It's not the only food that can possibly cause cancer.
    I heard that eating a lot of spicy + salty food in general can raise your risk of cancer in the stomach.
    People who aren't Korean may be more prone to cancer in the stomach because they don't regularly eat kimchi.
    If you want to see the rainbow, you'd have to endure the rain first.
  • whatanniewearswhatanniewears Posts: 480Member


    really? I thought kimchi is suppose to be good for you?
  • AsianEGGAsianEGG Posts: 98Member
    The sodium in it can i think
Sign In or Register to comment.

Who's Online in this Forum 0