Saturday, January 15, 2011


Have you tried Natto? Yes Natto, a traditional Japanese food made from soy beans fermented with bacillus subtillis. It's a popular breakfast rich in protein and good bacteria.

I found it local, sold in a Japanese market. It comes frozen in a styrofoam 3 pack. Through research I was weary of the smell and taste people were talking about. After a few servings this past week, I can say it actually tastes good and the fermented odor was not offensive at all. To eat Natto you open the styrofoam to find a small mustard package, soy sauce, and the Natto. You add the mustard and stir the Natto vigorously until it looks foamy. I ended up using my own shoyu in place of the supplied soy sauce. I added some chopped green onions and served it over rice.

The Health Benefits

Natto has pyrazine that has been shown to reduce blood clots, which may help to prevent heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and stroke.

Natto has nattokinase which has the ability to degrade amyloid fibrils, which suggest it may be a preventative treatment for Alzheimer's.

Natto contains large amounts of Vitamin K2 which is involved in the formation of calcium binding groups in protein, fighting against osteoporosis.

Natto contain Vitamin PQQ, which is very important for the skin. PQQ in human tissues is derived mainly from the diet.

Have you tried Natto? Are you going to?  Let me know your opinion if you do, your body will thank you for it.

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