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The traditional Japanese diet is one of the healthiest in the world, low in calories and full of fermented foods. In part thanks to this diet, Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the developed world, and the longest life expectancy. So let’s take a look at 11 healthy Japanese foods you can start including in your diet, whether you want to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle, or just enjoy some delicious new flavours!

1. Okara

Okara is the fiber dense, low-calorie by-product of soy-milk and tofu. But it’s no waste, in fact, okara is incredibly nutrient dense, containing iron, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin B2, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K. In Japan, one of okara’s most common uses is in the making of a side dish called unohana. But this superfood is also a great flour substitute, which can be used for cookies, pie crusts, fruit crumbles, muffins, and more!

2. Natto

Fermented foods are great for the gut! Natto is made of fermented soybeans. Like an aged cheese, it has a strong smell, and a sticky texture (from all those healthy probiotics). However, while Natto may be intimidating, if you add toppings like mustard, soy sauce, or wasabi, it can taste great.

3. Tofu

Tofu is a great meat substitute, with lower calories than meat, but plenty of protein and fats. It is highly nutrient dense, with all the essential amino acids, as well as important vitamines and minerals. For added health benefits, you can even ferment your silken tofu using organic soymilk and a …continue reading