When I talk about Ibaragi, I can't miss one topic, which is realted to "NATTO". It is well known to everyone that Ibaragi is the most popular for Natto. The origin of Natto is not from Ibaragi, but "Ibaragi"-brand, particular for "Mito" Natto brand, has been so popular in Japan.
By the way, do you know exactly what Natto is? To answer this question, Natto is fermented soybeans which has strong smell and taste. It's commonly eaten for breakfast in Japan. It can be cooked but is usually eaten uncooked. Natto is usually sold in individual serving size packages. The Most Popular Way to Eat Natto: 1) Put Natto in a small bowl. 2) Pour the sauce included in the natto package or desired amount of soy sauce over natto.
Natto is reported to have the following benefits:
1. Prevention of Heart Attacks, Strokes and Senility
2. Prevention of Osteroprosis
3. Prevention of Cancer
4. Antibiotic Effects
5. Improvement in Digestion and Prevention of Intestinal Disorders
6. Anti-aging Effects and Prevention of Obesity
If I refer to the nutrition data, the following is the details.
By mass, natto is 55% water, 18% protein, 11% fats, 5% fiber, and 5% sugars.
A serving of natto (100g) provides 29% of the Daily value (DV) of Vitamin K, 22% of the DV for Vitamin C, 76% of the DV formanganese, 22% of the DV for iron, and 22% of the DV for dietary fiber.
Source: http://www.nutritionvalue.org/Natto_nutritional_value.html Natto nutritional values
Since it is well proved that Natto is not only a healthy food, but also a good preventive food in healthy life, are you ready to try it out, when you visit Japan in the future? I have some local friends here, who love to eat Natto very much. Then, Why not for you?