Irresponsible Journalism and Kim Chi

*sigh*

Sometimes I get tired of reading the misleading headlines of “Food & Health” stories. For example:

Study shows Kimchi can prevent food poisoning

or

Kim chee may prevent food poisoning

Not only are these headlines misleading, they’re dangerous.

The only thing these studies show is that certain food-based pathogens cannot survive within fermented kimchi. What it does not say is that “Kim Chi can inoculate you against these same pathogens”. What this means is the following:

Point 1:

If you eat Kim Chi, it will most likely not have the salmonella, staphylococcus, vibrio germs and E.coli bacteria.

Point 2:

However, if you eat Kim Chi, and then consume another dish that does have the salmonella, staphylococcus, vibrio germs or E.coli, you still have the chance of getting violently, if not deathly ill.

Until someone runs an acceptable study that disproves Point 2, then the Press should really be more careful in what they say and how they say it. Then again, I’d like world peace and to end world hunger.

To illustrate my point, let me state the following for you to ponder:

Guess what other products are likely not have the salmonella, staphylococcus, vibrio germs and E.coli bacteria?

Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, etc, etc. This leads to the question, why doesn’t the Food & Health press extol these as cures?

And yes, I’ve read this article which alludes to the health benefits of the Lactobacillus bacteria. Note the sentence “The researchers said the results were far from scientifically proven”.


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