Unbelievable Japan – Natto


Today’s topic is about “Natto”.

Natto is a traditional Japanese food, which is a fermented food made of soybeans with “Bacillus subtilis var. natto” in bacillus or subtilis natto.

Since its strong smell and stickiness, it takes some time to get used to eating. When I introduced this Natto to my friend saying “It’s good for your health”, she gave up due to its smell “stinky” then left it at balcony.

You can find Natto at food corner of any supermarket in Japan. Natto is usually packed in 3 small styrofoam containers. Its price is about 80 Japanese yen.

Natto usually comes with the sachets of Natto sauce and mustard. Mix them all together and stir for about 50 times or more. After mixing, Natto becomes creamy and sweeter. Put Natto on steamed rice or have it as a side dish.

There are many good reasons to eat natto. It is rich in protein, highly nutritious, and full of Vitamins B, E, and K.

In addition, Natto is getting famous for its unique enzyme called “nattokinase”.

<Excerpt from Wikipedia> Nattokinase (pronounced nuh-TOH-kin-ayss) is an enzyme extracted and purified from a Natto. It is produced by fermentation by adding the bacterium Bacillus natto, which also produces the enzyme, to boiled soybeans. While other soy foods contain enzymes, it is only the nattō preparation that contains the specific nattokinase enzyme.

When in contact with human blood or blood clots, it exhibits a strong fibrinolytic activity and works by inactivating plasminogen activator inhibitor. Although it should be expected to be digested and inactivated in the human gut like other proteins, a few researchers report that nattokinase is active when taken orally.

So, if you have this Natto daily, your blood flow might be improved day by day. Sounds too good too be true? For me, becaused of (, or regardless of) having Natto almost everyday, my yearly medical check up results is good so far.

Anyway, it’s worth trying!

That’s all for the today’s topic. I hope this would help you understand what is going on in Japan.


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