The Health Benefits of Gochujang
Gochujang contains abundant nutrients benefiting the human body: protein, fat, vitamin B2, vitamin C, carotenes, and more. Capsaicin is the naturally-occurring compound found in peppers: it’s what gives gochujang its spicy taste. Capsaicin is believed to have anti-bacterial effects, prevent diseases and facilitate recovery by helping cleanse out body systems, reduce body fat, and prevent obesity. In addition, the beta-carotenes and vitamin C found in gochujang are believed to have anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties.
Koreans love the spicy taste of gochujang and often eat it as part of a meal when they feel stressed out or down in the dumps. Often, eating spicy food causes sweating and makes one feel refreshed, a feeling associated with the chemical processing of capsaicin in the body.