We all know that Japanese food is known for being healthy, but here are a few food facts to help you shop happily and yummily. (I made that word up).
A type of seaweed found in just about any grocery store, Wakame has more than ten times the calcium of milk, plus vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium. It’s also contains vitamin A, C, K and B2, which helps your body use fat and carbs. It has only 5 calories per serving… and it’s delicious.
Contain 975 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams (or 88 milligrams per teaspoon if you’re not into eating almost a cup of seeds). Also high in magnesium, which is great for women with PMS.
Excellent source of the vitamin Bs (2,3,5,6) and considered a decent source of both fiber and protein, and a great iron-rich food for vegetarians. Most of the research on Shitakes has been in connection with their benefit to the auto-immune system.
Shoyu (ok it’s not a food)
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in shoryu are ten times more effective than those found in red wine. It also contains more iron than oatmeal or walnuts and is a great alternative to salt as a condiment. (And no, I’m not recommending you drink 100 grams of shoyu- it is high in sodium).
Aburage (fried tofu sheets or squares)
Contains 50% of the daily-recommended value of Calcium per 2 ounce serving (about 60 grams) and 10% of your daily iron (hey- that’s better than spinach!).
A few goodies to pick up to cancel out the weekly benders of Calbee chips and ton katsu. Itadakimasu!Photo Credits: Flickr, by wimar; Fotoos VanRobin; TripleScoop, John Siegel, Fat Salmon