Natto can have a bad rap, but this little bean dish could help your heart! Read on to learn what natto is, how to eat it and what it can do for you!
What is Natto?
Natto is made from fermented soy beans. If that’s got you clicking on the back button just remember that miso paste and soy sauce are both made with fermented soy beans, right?
Natto is popular as a breakfast dish on warm rice, but it also enjoyed in sushi, on noodles or on its own.
Why Should I Eat Natto?
Well if the promise of deliciously sticky, slightly pungent beans is not enough to lure you natto is also known for its healthful properties.
Natto is known to be high in Vitamin K2, which helps prevent osteoporosis. It also contains a substance known as nattokinase, which may help reduce the chance of blood clots and as a result, heart attacks. If that wasn’t enough, natto has also been shown to lower cholesterol.
First you need to discover if you’re a natto lover or a hater! Natto has a strong aroma that many compare to blue cheese or century egg, if you like these then you may just be a natto fan too. We suggest you first try natto plain with a little warm rice, you can find instructions on how to prepare it here.
If you find natto is to your taste, well you’re in for a treat! If, however, you’re not so fond, there are also ways to reduce the natto-y flavour so you can still enjoy this healthy bean.
Here’s three natto products we recommend: A standard natto, an organic natto and chopped natto (for when you fancy a change!)
|Osato Umai Ichiban Natto||Azuma Foods Organic Natto||Yamada Foods Chopped Natto|
Character goods fans may already recognise the cute and beany mameshiba bean dogs. Today natto is here to tell us that white asparagus is called mademoiselle fingers in France. Amazing!
Thanks to Tamaki Sono at flickr for the image of the kid who just loves natto! (We don’t blame him)
Thanks to LWYang at flickr for the image of natto gunkan sushi