Sales of Natto Soar in Japan Due to Claims That It Fights Coronavirus
April 11, 2020 at 2:10 PM - Views: 62 #301596
Natto is undoubtedly one of the world’s most divisive foods. It is one of the 80 items on display at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden (which is temporarily closed due to coronavirus) and it has been described by Japanese news outlet SoraNews24 as “notoriously challenging” to eat. But it’s ammonia-like smell and stringy consistency are more readily overlooked during a global pandemic, especially when panicked shoppers convince themselves that fermented soybeans are the immunity booster they’ve been looking for. According to Japan Today… some of the Japanese prefectures that are highest in natto consumption have also had the lowest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus—but correlation, causation, etc. etc.
Sales of natto have increased 20 percent over the same time period last year, but the Japan Natto Cooperative Society Federation has suggested that the increased sales could be one of the drivers of those coronavirus-related rumors.
The only Japanese food I’ve come across I could never come to enjoy.
April 11, 2020 at 4:15 PM #301603
And I’ve never noticed an ammonia-like smell. I was also at a Japanese supermarket yesterday, and there was no shortage of natto on the shelves.
April 12, 2020 at 2:11 AM #301782
I’m not really surprised, actually; I found it a bit unbelievable.
But I still don’t like natto.
April 11, 2020 at 7:11 PM #301619
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Kimchi has the capability of overpowering the flavor of natto.
April 11, 2020 at 8:16 PM #301637
April 12, 2020 at 1:39 AM #301762
April 11, 2020 at 8:40 PM #301643
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section! Never bought any, I always lived in a hotel, even for the eight week stints. But I enjoyed just walking around, I mostly bought cheese and butter and what fruit I could afford, I think. Been a while. Bread was best, for me, from one of the French bakery chain stores, and things I could cook using the coffee pot hotplate were more varied in a convenience store. Usually supper was gyoza (or marked down sushi, depending on what time I got out of the office), or some variation of ramen noodles, and I still had hours of work ahead. I did like the way the cashier decided how many bags I needed; they bagged stuff for me twice, and then indicated that I could bag my own stuff just like everybody else. Very matter of fact and friendly and a bit quizzical.
April 12, 2020 at 1:42 AM #301766
April 12, 2020 at 2:50 AM #301790
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I have an opened one as well that I should check on. 😉
It shares the same kind of bacteria as natto though, Bacillus subtilis.
Huh, that’s also in a probiotic I take.
The Different Forms of Vitamin K
Vitamin K is actually a family of closely related compounds. Vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, is the form that’s found in vegetables, in particular, leafy greens like kale, collards, and spinach. Vitamin K2, also known as menoquinone, is a form produced in animal tissues. In terms of helping to build healthy bones and other health benefits, vitamin K2 is thought to be the more potent form.
I also take a Vitamin K2 Mk4 supplement. Supposedly the huge amounts it contains are a good thing, and are what were used during testing of it.
I also take Nattokinase, which hopefully helps keep my arteries clean.
April 12, 2020 at 4:28 AM #301828
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