it's funny - when I arrived in Japan last august I still couldn't bear the smell of natto, never mind eat the stuff. now i can't get enough of it.
it looks about as appealing as tramp mucus poured over out-of-date baked beans. but actually there's more truth in that statement than you might think - natto is essentially fermented soy beans and despite everything - it's damn healthy. I guess it would have to be for you to try it, but once aquired, the taste is very good. I don't know if I could go back to baked beans now - just that sugary sauce which puts me off a bit (mind you I just had a vision of a doorstep slavered in melting marg and heinz beans poured on top on a cold winters morn).
anyway - natto is meant to contribute to a healthy heart, help keep camcer cells away and generally make you a demon in the sack. I'm not sure about the last bit there, but essentially it's kryptonite. again - why do you think the japanese live so long? it's just they have no sense of smell.Posted by stupot at June 9, 2005 03:18 AM