Why Adding Wasabi to Your Diet Can Improve Your Health

List: Posted: 08/29/11

Most people are looking to eat healthily today, and there are some great and tasty ways to do it.  Japanese food in particular, which is based on steamed vegetables, rice and fish, can offer some great nutrition. 


One of the items of Japanese cuisine that is popular and that offers a number of health benefits is wasabi.  This paste is a mainstay of Japanese restaurants, and most people eat it with their sushi.  You will easily find wasabi in many grocery stores, or even Japanese health stores.

What are some of the health and nutrition benefits that wasabi can offer?  The paste contains a number of anti-cancer chemicals of the same type that you can find in broccoli.  It helps to detoxify the body of many damaging toxins and pesticides. 


Another one of the health benefits of wasabi is the antibacterial properties it offers. These same chemicals in wasabi can reduce inflammation in the body, which is helpful for those who have arthritis and asthma.  Some also believe that it can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. 

Wasabi is quite spicy, so you don’t want to eat too much of it at once.  It might take you a little time to get used to it, but once you do, it can add flavor, as well as more nutrition, to your food.  Another thing to remember about wasabi is that the type you find in some restaurants isn’t the real deal.  If you want to make sure that you are buying real wasabi when you are at the grocery store, read the packaging completely.

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