Healthy Eating Secret from Japan: Bonito Broth

Dried Bonito Broth Where it’s popular: Japan. Made from smoked, dried shavings of tuna, the flavorful broth is used as

Dried Bonito Broth

  • Where it’s popular: Japan. Made from smoked, dried shavings of tuna, the flavorful broth is used as a base for soups and sauces and is a traditional remedy for colds and fatigue.
    Bonito Broth
    Bonito broth is a traditional Japanese remedy for colds and fatigue.
  • Why you should try it: Bonito broth is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Animal studies, as well as a small trial in humans, suggest it can lower blood pressure.
  • How to make it: Bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil, add a quarter cup of the flakes, and immediately remove from heat. Strain the stock before adding vegetables or noodles or simply drinking plain (serves two). The broth has a smoky, hearty flavor similar to that of beef bouillon and is fat-free and low in sodium. You can find the dried flakes at health food stores, Asian groceries, and online (at edenfoods.com, for example).

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