Just like almost any country, Japan depends on the surroundings for food. Because of this, food like squid, clams, lobster, shrimp, octopus, and any kind of fish and seafood are the most popular foods consumed. Seaweed is also one of the most commonly used items. Maybe one thing that is more popular than seafood is the steamed white rice. The Japanese people eat this rice with just about anything. Ingredients that bask in great popularity are rice wine, wasabi, ginger, rice, vinegar, and soy sauce. We will try to bring Japanese kitchen closer to you, so do not be afraid to try some of the recipes that follow, from the kitchen considered one of the World’s healthiest kitchens.
The first is fermented soybean paste called miso, which is actually a salty food with peanut butter texture. It is used in the preparation of the miso soup and as condiment. It is high in copper, manganese, and zinc, and it will help the immune system, increase the energy, and protect the blood vessels and bones. One tablespoon of miso has 25 calories and 2 g of protein. It can also reduce the chances of breast cancer. Seaweed is used in making stews soups and other. This leafy and salt item is high in fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and iodine. Fermented soybean is used for making natto, commonly eaten for breakfast. It has sticky texture and very strong smell and it is usually mixed with green onion, soy sauce and rice. This food can even prevent cancer, because it contains vitamins B2 and K2 and protein. The use of it can reduce the chances of blood clots.
Mushrooms are used a lot in the Japan, and there are many benefits from eating them. They strengthen the immune system, reduce the chances of cancer and allergy, balance the high cholesterol, protect the health, eliminate blood clots, balance sugar levels, repel bacteria and viruses, and remove toxins from the organism. Green tea is also a very popular food item in Japan. It is high in protein called epigallocatechin gallate. This antioxidant is one of the healthiest items in the green tea. The benefits of green tea are related to fighting off heart problems, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, cancer, weak immune system, high blood sugar levels, and rheumatoid arthritis. Fluoride can be found in some types of green tea, so be careful since it can be harmful. Sliced fish called sashimi is usually served with rice, soy sauce, or wasabi. The benefits are similar to those of any fish. They contain vitamin B12, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B6, niacin and of course omega-3 fatty acids.