Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern is a fan of some pretty unusual eats. Recently he talked about how cultivating an adventurous palette can make you feel younger. So how bizarre are the foods he recommends? Well, the first food is on the sticky side and smells like a dead body. But Dr. Oz gives it the thumbs up.
Feel-younger food #1: A Japanese paste
Zimmerman has been all over the world, and some of the most youthful, energetic people he’s met hail from Japan. It’s not surprising, then, that Zimmerman’s a fan of Japanese cuisine; what is surprising is the dish he’s promoting: natto. Dr. Oz describes it this way: “Natto is a sticky paste made by adding healthy bacteria to lightly cooked soybeans and fermenting.” If it sounds bad, some think it smells even worse. But the taste is apparently better than you might think when it’s mixed with ginger, radishes, tuna and okra and served with noodles. According to Dr. Oz, natto is rich in vitamin K2, which helps strengthen bones and prevent aches and pains as you grow older. Natto is available at Japanese markets.
Feel-younger food #2: An odd-shaped clam
The next bizarre food Zimmerman recommends is the geoduck (goo-ee-duhk) clam, which comes from the Seattle, Washington area. It sports an unusual long “neck” that resembles an elephant trunk or, some say, a part of the male anatomy. Some people can be overwhelmed by the taste, which Zimmern says is “like a wave has just broken over you.” Many people (including Zimmern) can’t get enough. After eating a piece, Dr. Oz said, “This is one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life!” Geoduck contains ample amounts of iron and is available online and at fish markets in the Pacific Northwest.
Feel-younger food #3: An eight-armed mollusc
Zimmerman’s last bizarre food is something you’re definitely familiar with but may never have considered eating before: octopus. Octopus is a common dish in Greece and Turkey. In fact, it’s one of Dr. Oz’s favorite foods! It’s a heart-healthy lean protein that has about a third the cholesterol and half the fat of beef. You can find frozen octopus at some fish markets.
These foods may seem bizarre, but only because you haven’t tried them yet. If you’re willing to experiment and eat outside your comfort zone, you’ll have a much wider variety of meals to choose from that will knock years off your body and make you feel younger.
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