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Aug 3, 2006 03:08 PM


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Now that you've all helped me solve the chap chae/dang myun question, does anyone know if kimchee is safe for pregnant women? It's not the kind of thing they list in What to Expect When You're Expecting!

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  1. Goodness, I've never heard of any Korean woman foregoing kimchee on account of pregnancy -- or indeed, on any account! chow-away!

    1. Well, unless you are allergic to spicy food, I don't think there are any problems with kimchee.

      1. I think it really depends on the kind of kimchi. Some contain seafood like shrimp or oyster which pregnant women are supposed to shy away from. And you may have issues with the sodium content if it's really salty. Either way, definitely read the label and don't go overboard.

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        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Jay-sus! Koreans have been eating kimchee for hundreds of years and have managed to pro-create just fine. Your worst danger is indigestion if you're not used to the spiciness. (FYI, Korean babies eat kimchee as soon as they have teeth, rinsed a little in water to reduce the red pepper.)

          Eat, don't eat, your decision. But don't blame it on health reasons.

          1. re: Pupster

            Ha ha, totally agree! I ended up being born in Korea because my mom, while pregnant with me, could not get her craving for kimchi met while living in NJ and fled. Of course, this is a woman who carries a little tube of Korean hot pepper paste in her purse, just in case.

            1. re: Pupster

              Well, the Japanese have been eating sushi for thousands of years, too. Are you suggesting that pregnant women eat raw fish?

              I'm just saying moderation.

            2. re: monkeyrotica

              should kimchi have a sweetness to it because i have some that a korean made and it has a little hint of sweetness to it she said she added sweet rice porridge what does she mean and huh?

            3. Remember moderation. If you're craving the kimchee, eat the kimchee. I wouldn't worry about the spiciness if you're used to it. I would however make sure to remember to drink your water due to the sodium. You won't feel sick but too much sodium is bad for pregnant women and baby. Oh and congrats to you or whoever is having the baby!

              1. I think there was some recent study that said that eating pickled foods increased the risk of stomach cancer. I love kimchee too much. I can eat bowls of the stuff. Hopefully I won't die a kimchee induced death.

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