Japanese cuisine has for a long time, been considered one of the healthiest in the world. Here are some health facts about three foods that we eat in Japan that you may not have known about:
Gobo (Burdock Root)
Gobo is used in Japan as a vegetable and in China as medicine. This vegetable is a good source of fiber and potassium and is low in sodium and calories. It is good for detoxifying the body and contains lots of antioxidants that help to prevent dangerous illnesses in the body.
We often eat Konjac in Japanese stews (Niku-jaga, Oden) or less commonly as Sashimi. Konjac has almost no calories but is very high in fiber. This makes it a great diet food like Tofu. In addition to this, it can aid digestion and relieve constipation!
Konjac substances are also used in facial care products, particularly in Korea!
Matcha (powdered green tea)
Some studies show that a substance called Theanine, which can be found in Japanese Green Tea can help to reduce moderate mental stress. Matcha is especially rich in antioxidants because the whole of the tea leaf is used. It is also supposed to keep your appetite stable! Great for those who are dieting!
It’s good to know that so many readily available foods are so healthy for us! You don’t have to look far to get Gobo tea, Konnyaku or Matcha!