Welcome to Japan. Today’s topis is Natto.
Do you know about natto? Today we will talk about the national food “natto” that Japanese love.
Perhaps, the first time foreigners see natto, they don’t want to eat. You should think, “What is this strange food?”
The point is to describe “rotten soybeans” just by looking. You may wonder why you eat such a thing. Plus, it’s sticky and grotesque when mixed.
Japanese people have been eating natto since childhood, so there is no resistance. However, it would be surprising if a foreigner came to Japan and saw natto for the first time. But there is a reason Japanese people love this much.
Today I want to tell you about its appeal.
Finally, I want you to like natto.
Let’s learn about it!
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What is natto in the first place?
Natto is a traditional Japanese food.
it is a Japanese fermented food made by fermenting well-steamed soybeans with natto bacteria. It is in the same category as so-called cheese and sake.
One theory goes back more than 1000 years.
One day, if the remaining boiled beans wrapped in straw, they happened to fermented by chance, and if they came and ate them, they seemed to be surprisingly delicious.
The origin of butter made for the same reason.
At present, it is not natural, and most are made artificially it. At the supermarket, it sold at around 100 yen for 3 pieces.
Type of Natto
There are several types of natto. There are three main types.
- Large grain
- Small grain
There are three ways to make it roughly.
Straw of origin
The traditional method is to ferment natto with straw. This is very difficult for quality control. I like the smell of straw! There is also a strong straw natto fan.
It is difficult to control quality with conventional manufacturing methods. Wrapping in wood is popular because natto tastes better.
Currently, it is mostly made this way. It features easy temperature control and uniform finishing.
Indications and effects
It has been eaten for a long time as a valuable source of nutrients. It is rich in protein and has been eaten in Japan as a health food. There are 17 grams of protein in 100 grams.
In addition, proteins that are normally difficult to absorb at the steaming stage are also easily absorbed. Here are six effects and benefits of natto.
① Prevent myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction! Nattokinase dissolves blood clots
Nattokinase, an enzyme contained in natto, has the effect of dissolving blood clots. It is said to be as effective as the infusion of thrombolytics used in hospitals. The great thing about nattokinase is that it not only dissolves blood clots but also its persistence. Since the effect lasts for 6 to 8 hours, it is effective to eat this at night and sleep. Blood clots tend to form while you sleep. Continued eating improves the ability to dissolve blood clots. This leads to the prevention of thromboses such as myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction.
② Diet and diabetes! Effect of suppressing a rise in blood sugar level
The dietary fiber and vitamin B2 contained in natto has the effect of suppressing an increase in blood sugar levels. How this effect exhibited even when combined with rice! Because rice is a carbohydrate, it is a food that causes a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. However, combining it with this food can suppress the rise in blood sugar levels. A sudden rise in blood sugar level makes it easier for sugar to turn into fat, so it is effective to increase blood sugar levels slowly for a diet. Suppressing an increase in blood sugar is also effective in preventing diabetes.
③ Anti-aging effect! For beauty ◎
Natto’s “polyamine” component is effective in anti-aging, such as improving skin firmness and preventing arteriosclerosis. It also contains digestible proteins, amino acids, and rich B vitamins. Since these are nutrients that make up the skin and hair, they can also be expected to have an effect on beauty.
④ Also for osteoporosis prevention!
Vitamin K2 in natto prevents osteoporosis. It is said that there is no food containing vitamin K2 as much as it, and there are reports that prefectures with high natto consumption have low fracture rates. A decrease in bone density due to aging, diet, and decreased female hormones. It is a food you want to eat to prevent osteoporosis.
⑤ Memory up! Before the test or forgetful ◎
“Lecithin”, which contained in soybeans, the raw material of natto, has the function of producing neurotransmitters. This can be expected to improve memory. It is especially effective in short-term memory. You may be able to improve your grades by eating before the exam. Recommended for those who are worried about forgetful things recently.
⑥Not yet! Effective for hay fever boosts immunity
“Levan,” which contained in the slime of natto, has an allergy-suppressing effect, so it is effective against allergies such as hay fever, bronchial asthma, and urticaria.
In addition, the intestinal action of Bacillus natto leads to improved immunity. This power can not be written, be careful …!
Trying Natto for the First Time
Conclusion of Natto
I think that you have come to want to eat it when you know the charm of natto like this.
Japanese people often eat them.
Certainly, there is resistance at first, but it is said that eating for three days will make you feel delicious.
Please challenge for three days.
If you have any comments, please do.