If you don’t know what this is, I’ll try to describe it the best I can – smelly, slimy soy beans. It has a smell worse than blue cheese and a slime worse than the insides of okra, two other things I don’t eat. People who eat natto act like it’s the tastiest food ever. They eat it on top of rice, and they even eat it for breakfast. I think you probably have to start eating natto when you are young; you can’t just start eating it and liking it at my age.
Wikipedia says this about natto – It’s made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtillis (whatever that is) and is a rich source of protein. It is most popular in Kanto, Tohoku, and Hokkaido and 236,000 tons of natto are eaten in Japan each year!
Maybe people eat it for the perceived health benefits, surely they can’t really like it. I’ve read that natto reduces the likelihood of blood clots, prevents osteoporosis, prevents cancer, lowers cholesterol, prevents obesity, improves digestion, and reverses the aging process. Even if all that were true (and it may be), I just can’t bring myself to put natto in my mouth.
I’ve tried many new foods since moving here, but I will continue to just say no to natto!