Is there anything worse than a fad diet? Of course there is, don't be silly. Even so, most fad diets end in disappointment, anger, and acceptance of the fact that you'll only ever be comfortable in pants with elasticated waistbands.
But wait! A new study from South Korea suggests that individuals looking to lose a few pounds may have a new weapon in their fight against flab: kimchi, aka the fermented vegetables ubiquitous in Korean cuisine.
Researchers from Dongguk University and ChunLab Inc. randomly assigned 24 obese women an eight week diet of either fresh or fermented kimchi. The group that consumed the fermented kimchi saw a measurable change in their metabolic processes -- either through altered levels of expression in certain genes, or altered gut microbe composition.