Traditional Korean liquor makgeolli comes packed with health benefits

Makgeolli, the country’s oldest liquor, has
long been a beloved drink here in Korea. It turns out that it’s not just an alcoholic
beverage; it is packed with health benefits, too. Park Se-young has the details. Makgeolli is a milky white traditional Korean
liquor with a strong scent and a slight fizz. The drink is made from rice or wheat mixed
with nuruk, a Korean fermentation starter. “Molds do not form very well with machines,
so the process requires lots of handiwork. This is the skillful way to make makgeolli.” Makgeolli is well known for its rich content
of healthy lactobacillus bacteria, which are formed during the fermentation process. But it turns out the drink could also contribute
to the prevention of hypertension and diabetes, and contains substances with potential anti-cancer
effects. “Beta-sitosterol is a natural component in
many grains and it’s been found to inhibit the growth of stomach cancer.” Makgeolli has long been considered a more
healthful type of alcohol in Korean culture, but as with all forms of alcoholic beverages,
experts say moderate consumption is the key to ensuring you reap the health benefits — and
not the headaches. Park Se-young, Arirang News.

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