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Wasabi—you either love it or hate it. The popular Japanese condiment is usually eaten with sashimi and sushi, but in recent times, we are seeing wasabi as a flavour in several desserts and sweet treats; KitKat is one of them!
Maybe you do not like wasabi due to the spicy sensation (sort of) that shoots up your nostrils. Well, it does not give you that sweltering heat of a chilli padi, but it definitely makes your eyes well up.
It is easy to shun wasabi altogether at the dinner table, but perhaps these 9 Health Benefits You Will Enjoy From Eating Wasabi might change your mind the next time you see a dish of this Japanese speciality.
#1 IT PREVENTS CANCER
Isothiocyanates is a nutrient found in wasabi roots that attacks free radicals in the body that lead to cancer cell growth. Research has also shown that it lowers chances of you getting leukaemia or stomach cancer.
#2 LOWERS RISKS OF STROKES
The nutrients in wasabi also lowers cholesterol levels in the body, which in turn results in lesser chances of strokes and heart attacks.
#3 IT FIGHTS ATHRITIS
The isothiocyanates nutrient also targets joint swelling and inflammation, and even counters arthritis.
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#4 THERE ARE ANTI-BACTERIAL PROPERTIES
Wasabi also fights off bacteria, so you will have a lower chance of contracting food poisoning.
#5 IT AIDS WITH RESPIRATION
Because wasabi is a gaseous root, it prevents respiratory viruses that cause sicknesses like influenza and pneumonia!
#6 NO MORE SINUSES
Sinusitis happens when the tissue lining the sinuses of the nose becomes inflamed or starts swelling. The gaseous properties of wasabi do not just help with respiration, it also clears sinuses, and helps with the common cold too!
#7 NO MORE CAVITIES
Because of its anti-bacterial properties, wasabi also prevents cavities and the growth of other germs in the mouth.
#8 IT DETOXIFIES THE BODY
Wasabi is good for cleansing the body, and helps to rid the liver of toxins and carcinogens.
#9 IT IS LOW IN CALORIES
It is said to help you lose a couple of pounds and it also boosts your energy throughout the day!