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World food trends set to include kimchi and cold-pressed oils

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 February, 2015, 10:35am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 February, 2015, 10:59am

What a pickle

Kimchi, a dish of seasoned vegetables and salt, has been eaten for many years, but it seems the South Koreans are now making a big push to elevate their traditional food to global health superstar status. The World Institute of Kimchi, a government-affiliated research organisation, had a huge booth preaching the benefits of kimchi, which include boosting immunity, preventing hypertension, reducing obesity and alleviating atopic dermatitis.

Oils under pressure

Almond, walnut, pumpkin seed, rapeseed, tea seed, hemp seed - the cold-pressed oil list goes on. These seed oils are extracted without the use of chemicals or solvents at temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius, which ensures that all the natural goodness within the seeds is preserved.

The oils are said to be a natural source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant, and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.

Chocolate in the raw

Similar in philosophy to cold-pressed oils, raw chocolate is made with cacao dried at low temperatures rather than high-heat roasted. This preserves nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, copper and vitamin C, and results in a higher level of antioxidants than regular chocolate.

It's definitely yummy - once you get over the fact that, gram-for-gram, it's almost 10 times more expensive than a Snickers bar.