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.
Most Americans needn't worry, however, as in South Korea, almost everybody eats kimchi daily, and heavy eaters are having large portions with every meal.
Very interesting. I just read an article in the LA Times that discussed a S. Korean study that touted the health benefits of eating kimchi. You can check it out at my blog.
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