black foods

Black foods are good for your health

Have you ever heard of Black Foods?
These are many kinds of foods like black rice, seaweed, black sesame seeds and so on.

Also seasonings like soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. These are very good for your health,you know?😊

Although the number of obese people is increasing, the Japanese obesity rate is still the lowest in the world at only 3%.

Black seasonings

Today I’m going to introduce you black foods that Japanese often eats!

Staple black foods

Black staple foods

Japanese people often eat rice and noodles as our staple foods. We eat brown rice, and The soba noodles as well as udon and ramen. These are especially rich in vitamin B.


Soba is buckwheat. We eat it with chopped nori, leeks, wasabi and dipping sauce  for Soba.

Black rice is old type Japanese ancient rice. Stickier than white one. We usually eat them mixed white rice.

Black rice
whole grain powder

Whole wheat and rye breads are also commonly eaten.

Black Seasonings

Black seasonings

almost all Japanese seasonings are black. We love Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and balsamic vinegar also.

Worcestershire sauce

Especially, we can not eat Tonkatsu, fried foods and Kushiage without Worcestershire sauce.

The best Balsamic vinegar is Aceto from Modena, Italy.
It makes fishes and salads taste greater tasty! Very expensive but worth it😋

balsamic vinegar
Black sesame

We often use black foods like black  sesame, soy sauce and miso in cooking.

There is also a black vinegar. Some people put it in juice and drink it. It’s more refined and elegant flavored than regular vinegar.


We also use brown sugar and molasses in sweets instead of sugar.



The Japanese often eat seaweeds kinds kombu, Nori, Hijiki and Wakame. We also use them as dashi for simmer and soup. (This photo is Hijiki)


Especially, we eat Kombu after making the broth. This is one of a good luck food because it rhymes with “Yorokobu” means joy.

Wakame is young kombu. We eat them into soup.

Sea foods


Sea foods like Shijimi, eel, and so on  are black foods also.

Japanese often eat black foods because many of them boost their energy and immunity to a particular infection.

This may be the reason why Japanese number of corona deaths is so low.

Black vegetables

Black garlic

We eat black garlic and beans well. There are black radishes, tomatoes and potatoes… but I’ve never seen them. I would like to get black vegetables, if I have a chance😊

I’ve heard that those are more flavorful than ordinary vegetables.


This is konnyaku, also known as devil’s tongue jelly, or elephant yum. This is produced from konnyaku yum roots. 

It has a limp, gummy texture, so I am often said I don’t like it by foreigners. 




This is Goma doufu(Black sesame tofu), is one of Shojin-ryori (vegetarian diet) .

Crushed black sesame seeds, boiled in water and cooled and hardened like tofu. We eat usually it over sweetened miso.

Coffee, Vanilla, and chocolate and so on are good black foods also. 

Try it out ! You must be addicted them😍

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