Extra! Korea

April 4, 2009

Some Korean food has too much salt

Filed under: food, health — extrakorea @ 10:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Koreans will sometimes admit that their cuisine isn’t perfect health food.

Koreans ‘Eating too Much Salt’

A test of ordinary Korean menus at restaurants suggests that Koreans’ intake of sodium is reaching dangerous levels.

The fact is nothing new, as a survey for 2005 released by the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs showed an average Korean adult ate as much as 5,200 mg of sodium a day, almost three times the World Health Organization’s recommended level of 2,000 mg. But still it sounds a warning bell as most people today eat in restaurants since they spend much of their time at work or at school.

Sodium is an essential nutritional ingredient, but excessive intake can cause diseases such as high blood pressure and edema. Prof. Kim Soon-bae at Seoul Asan Medical Center said, “When you have heart disease, kidney trouble, or liver disease, you could get worse if you take too much sodium, including experiencing higher blood pressure, abdominal dropsy, or renal failure.”


So which Korean foods have a lot of salt? High on the list are ramyeon noodles and kimchi. It’s also been known, though not commonly acknowledged, that kimchi partially accounts for Korea’s high rate of stomach cancer.
(sources one, two, three, four, five, and six)


  1. […] Original post by extrakorea […]

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  2. […] Filed under: food, health — extrakorea @ 2:35 pm The Chosun Ilbo has an article, similar to this one that I posted about before, describing how Korean staples like kimchi are high in salt. Excessive […]

    Pingback by Salt in the Korean diet « Extra! Korea — May 2, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

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