Condiments are meant to mingle with and coax out delicious flavors in dishes. However, oftentimes condiments can be sneaky sources of hidden sugar, fat, and sodium, and even provide a source of chemicals in our favorite dishes.
The following seven condiments are not only tasty—they offer several positive health benefits and they’re low in calories too…
If you’re not familiar with this traditional Korean garnish—kimchi is a spicy, pungent mix of chili peppers, Napa cabbage, salt, garlic, and ginger (and sometimes radish) that’s sealed in a glass jar and fermented for months. Even though kimchi is associated with boosting immunity and lowering cholesterol, putting this fermented condiment on your favorite rice dish, soup, or bowl of noodles will ease digestion. How?
Research from the Food and Nutrition Department at the University of Ulsan, in Mugeo-dong, Ulsan, South Korea, claims that kimchi is fermented much like yogurt. And that means it’s jam-packed with a type of healthy gut bacteria known as lactobacilli, a probiotic super power that not only makes digestion more efficient, but also wards off infection.