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Kimchi - Protection From Mad Cow Disease?

Yesterday’s post was intended to be sort of tongue-in-cheek; I just wanted an excuse to use the old Cagle ‘toon and see if anyone was still concerned about mad cow. Guess many still are. So I was glad to get this from Roboseyo in Seoul, Korea, where the natives are pretty restless about mad cow. I found it humorous and worth sharing. Says Rob:

“I have good news for all my Korean friends, and even concerned citizens in America.

See, after I got home from a lovely date with girlfriendoseyo, and a delightful walk through all the friendly protesters offering me red signs, and walking like docile cattle through the winding streets around Gwanghwamun, I checked my e-mail.

I got an e-mail from an actual, real scientist… I forget his name because I was so excited that I deleted the e-mail without thinking after I read it, but he went to Harbard or something, I swear, and here’s, like, totally the best news I’ve ever heard, and it’s absolutely totally true, because a real, actual scientist from Harbard told me.

He says that I don’t have to worry about mad cow disease, because kimchi makes you immune to it! He said kimchi’s special combination of garlic, han, spicy chili, and jung kills the prions that cause mad cow, and he showed me some serious, like really actually real science that totally proves it’s true. Here it is: See!

That totally proves it! If you don’t want to catch mad cow disease from American beef, all you have to do is eat it with kimchi, and the kimchi will kill the prions! […]

So just make sure you eat your beef with kimchi, and you’ll be fine! I swear! It’s science! Science is true!

P.S. New definition of Irony: Mad cow beef protester taking a break from shouting slogans for a nice, relaxing cigarette.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 at 08:00AM by Registered CommenterDoug in , , | Comments21 Comments

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That is funny! I can't tell if he is serious and talks that way or if he is just being funny but either way, it made my day!

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterFrank B.

LOL! Science is true. Rave on!

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

Like, I mean I'm like, all LOL and all!

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterHeather


July 23 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

If you haven't tried kimchi, you should. It is yummy served on rice, with veggies or meats. Cabbage is the usual kind but radish kimchi is absolutely wonderful! It's very much like hot peppers or pickles...it's not spoiled or anything. Try it with rice sometime.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterGoulven

For some, maybe, but if you are not used to eating cold, fermented food STAY AWAY. But you may like it, so give it a try. It is very spicy but I had it with rice to wash it down. NOT a big fan.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterFran

And, like, it kills prions and all, so it's like all good.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterKal-El

Honest, if you've never had it you will be reminded of vomit. It is an acquired taste. I have acquired that taste, so I am not bashing here, I'm just telling you, a LOT of non-Koreans have said this. It is served cold on the side and used in cooking a lot of Korean dishes.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterGene

I have a Korean sister-in-law, and she makes Kimchi. It is VERY spicy with lots of red pepper. She serves it cold and I have grown to like it. It tastes like cabbage, chili pepper, garlic, and scallions. You should try it. If you buy it at a store, be prepared to drink lots pf water.

July 23 | Unregistered Commentershelli

It must seem odd to an American visiting Korea to see all the Korean protesters with signs about not wanting to import American beef. I know I would be put off.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Kimchi. Awesome. Totally. And kills your bogus prions so it's, like, super healthy.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy

There are many different types of Kim chi. I love them all. There is spicy smelly kimchi which is up to a year old, yup they can keep it to a year...that kimchi is very spicy and sour. Then there is newer kimchi which is spicy and crisp. There is tons of red pepper, garlic and a little salt. Then there is white kimchi which has no spice at all. Then there is winter kimchi which is a white radish in a clear broth, very yummy. They also have cucumbers, carrots and many other varieties. There is even a museum in Seoul dedicated to Kim chi.

First don't think everyone buries it in there back yard that was a long time ago. In fact many Korean homes have a special refrigerator in their kitchens just for Kim chi. I was visiting a friend of mine when his mom just had it installed. Mostly it is all veggies pickled with pepper and garlic...it is very good for your health, just not your breath.

As to the temprature it is served cold, but in the Korean BBQ they also grill it up to add a smokey warm flavor to it.

July 23 | Unregistered Commentermathew

Gee, from all the varied descriptions, I don't know whether I will like it or not. But to protect myself from nasty mad cow prions and all, I guess I'll stop by the Korean deli on the way home and lay in a supply. The scientific presentation sold me. It's science. Science is true!

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterHookercrook

I will try it if I see it on a menu as long as there is no dog in it.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

That is a urban myth, they don't put dog in their food.

July 23 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda S.


July 23 | Unregistered CommenterJake D.


July 23 | Unregistered Commentershelli

LOL! Totally!

July 23 | Unregistered Commentertruthmonger

Hey there. Thanks for the link. Not many people seemed to notice it when I wrote it, so I'm glad you're enjoying it now. I've been eating kimchi with my mad cow for a while now, and I'm like, totally OK, so that proves it, doesn't it.

July 25 | Unregistered Commenterroboseyo

Hey Rob!

I found it very educational and all. It's so totally science! Next time I sit down to a plate of mad cow, believe me, I'll be enjoying it with a side of kimchi!

Great piece, Rob! Thanks!


July 26 | Registered CommenterDoug

A great article, very funny! But I wonder what something that kills mad cow prions might be doing to our stomach linings :) lol!

July 29 | Unregistered Commenterkonababe

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