Before I was hit with morning sickness, several of you asked about how we eat natto. I promised I would post about it soon, but while I ate natto several times in those early months of pregnancy I didn’t feel up to posted about it (let alone making a video about it!). I am finally fulfilling that request.
Natto is a fermented soy bean product, served traditionally in Japan for breakfast. You can eat it anytime, but we actually eat it for breakfast too. I am amazed that my three year old loves it! She wouldn’t eat it the first few times because the “stringiness” of it bothered her (think of melted cheese). But she got over that, and now thinks it is quite the treat. It’s also fairly frugal, which I appreciate, as it only costs about 2 dollars for three servings.
The most important thing to do is not eat it plain. It will be bland and boring. We serve it very simply with just soy sauce and mustard. Flavorful without a lot of trouble.
And why bother? Well, natto is the highest source of vitamin K2. It may prevent cancer and prevent heart disease . Vitamin K2 is believed to be what Dr. Price called the “X” factor, which he thought was vital to good bone and teeth health. Natto, being a fermented food, is also high in healthy bacteria. Always a plus in my mind!