Natty is a very famous dish in Japan, while a few people know about it in the western world, it is very famous and widely consumed in Japan. Natto has been linked to various health benefits from stronger bones to improved heart health.
Natto has nutty taste, and has a stringy, sticky texture. It contains fermented soybeans and rice. It has a distinctive pungent smell. In Japan, it is served with cooked rice, mustard and soya sauce. It has some great benefits, let’s look at why is it so healthy and nutritious.
It is super nutritious:
Natto is super nutritious. It is loaded with several nutrients that are good for health. It contains:
It is also super nutritious because its soybeans undergo the process of fermentation which makes it a probiotic rich food. Probiotics are live bacteria’s that are beneficial bacteria which offer a number of health benefits.
This is one reason natto is considered healthier then boiled soybeans because they are not fermented. Natto also contains less anti nutrients and more beneficial plant compounds then unfermented soybeans.
Our gut contains trillions of microorganisms, about 10times the cells in our body. As mentioned above, natto contains probiotics that acts as the first line of defense against toxins and harmful bacteria.
Investigations show that probiotics help against gas, bloating, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation and diarrhea.
The regular soybean contains anti nutrients which make it difficult to digest them, but natto contains a fermented soybean which makes it a lot easier to digest them. It helps your body absorb nutrients more easily.
Eating natto contributes to stronger healthy bones. It contains nutrients that promote bone health. It contains calcium, the main mineral found in the bones. Only 100grams of natto contains 22% of the RDI for calcium. What’s more, it is one of the rare plant sources of vitamin K2, which is important for bone health, as well.
Studies show that vitamin K2 can help reduce the bone loss related to age and also reduce the risk of fractures by 60 to 80%. Nevertheless, the amount of vitamin K2 used in investigations and research was very high, and very concentrated amount was used. So it is not yet known that eating natto would have the similar benefits or not.
Supports heart health:
Natto may improve the health of your heart. It is because it contains fiber and probiotics, both of which help lower cholesterol levels. What’s more, Japanese researchers believe that natto can help reduce blood pressure levels.
It does so by activating angiotensin converting enzyme ACE1, which helps in managing blood pressure. The vitamin K2 in natto helps calcium deposits from accumulating in arteries which also reduce the risk of heart problems.
Over all, natto is very healthy and nutritious; it is tasty and is definitely a better choice than regular boiled soybeans.
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