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Korean J Nutr. 2010 Feb;43(1):34-45. Korean.
Published online February 28, 2010.
© 2010 The Korean Nutrition Society
Effects of Routine Haecho Bibimbab Consumption on the Improvement of Bowel Habits during Short Period
Kyung-Dong Cho,1 Eun Jin Kim,2 Mi Young Kim,2 Ok-Hee Baek,3 Changsun Choi,2 Chan-Kyu Han,1 and Bog-Hieu Lee2
1Korea Food Research Institute, Sungnam 463-746, Korea.
2Department of Food and Nutrition, Chung-Ang University, Anseong 456-756, Korea.
3Department of Food and Nutrition, Suwon Women's College, Hwaseong 445-890, Korea.

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Received December 09, 2009; Revised January 08, 2010; Accepted February 11, 2010.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of routine haecho bibimbab (boiled rice with assorted seaweed mixtures) consumption on the bowel habits in humans. Forty free-living adults (female 38, male 2) participated in this study (mean age 41.2 ± 7.5). After a baseline survey on general characteristics, life style and dietary habits, the participants were asked to consume haecho bibimbab during two-week period for lunch. Habitual bowel movements were checked out every day by a questionnaire and nutrient intake was estimated by a 24-hour recalls before and after the study. After 2 weeks of clinical trial, the bowel habits had improved. Haecho bibimbab increased the number of bowel movements, changed hard stools into softer ones. It also lessen the sense of incomplete evacuation, and abdominal pain during defecation, increased water intake (p < 0.001) and improved gastrointestinal problem. The participants believed that haecho bibimbab was effective in improving their constipation symptoms and bowel habits (p < 0.01). Routine haecho bibimbab consumption tended to increase especially vitamin A, E and folate intake (p < 0.01). The present findings suggest that routine seaweed-based lunch meal (haecho bibimbab) consumption may improve bowel habits without side effects.

Keywords: haecho bibimbab; boiled rice; seaweed mixtures; constipation; bowel habits


Table 1
Types and ratios of seaweed incorporated in haecho bibimbab
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Table 2
General characteristics of the subjects (N = 40)
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Table 3
Life style of the subjects
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Table 4
Dietary habits of the subjects
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Table 5
Habitual bowel movement of the subjects during last three months (N = 40)
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Table 6
Changes in habitual bowel movement of the subjects before and after feeding haecho bibimbab for 2 weeks (N = 40)
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Table 7
Changes in habitual bowel movement of the subjects before and after feeding haecho bibimbab for 2 weeks (N = 40)
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Table 8
Nutrient intakes of the subjects before and after feeding haecho bibimbab for 2 weeks
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Table 9
Percent KDRIs for nutrients subjects before and after feeding haecho bibimbab for 2 weeks (N = 40)
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