Neba Neba Japanese foods : stronger body and faster fatigue recovery

Do you know what “neba neba” means ?   

Neba neba is a Japanese word used to describe foods with a “sticky” or “slimy” texture 

In Japan, we love neba neba foods and incorporate them into our regular diet. These neba neba ingredients are so easy to find at supermarkets and restaurants, making it convenient to enjoy its unique texture and flavours. 


Popular Japanese neba neba foods are:

  • Natto (fermented soybeans)
  • Okra
  • Brown seaweeds such as wakame, kombu, mekabu, mozuku
  • Nameko mushroom
  • Japanese grated yam potato

Healthy Japanese Neba Neba foods. Left: Mekabu (seaweed) Right: Grated Japanese yam

What causes the Neba Neba texture?

These foods mainly contain sticky properties such as water-soluble dietary fibre (polysaccharides) and glycoproteins that bind sugars and proteins. When dissolved in water, the soluble fibre develops a slimy consistency. These soluble dietary fibres are the main role to the health benefits of Neba neba foods.  

Neba neba foods health benefits

  • Effective for constipation and diarrhoea
  • Detoxication
  • Gastric mucosa protection, inflammation prevention
  • Supresses rise in blood sugar level
  • Supresses elevated cholesterol levels
  • Prevents hypertension through sodium excretion

and the list goes on… 

Neba neba foods are “Jiyou Kyoso” Foods

In Japan, neba neba foods are famous for strengthening our body and providing fatigue recovery. They are often referred as “jiyou kyoso” foods. Jiyou” means to take in and distribute nutrients to the body, while “Kyoso” means “supplementing the weak parts of the body with nutrients to improve and create a strong body”. To put simply, it means to make the body strong and healthy. 

Nato tororo soba by: Recipe.rakuten

3 Neba Neba foods dish used with frozen Tororo, Natto and Okura – available ingredients even in Sydney

Neba Neba inspiration

I found a great recipe by Recipe.rakuten that involves a great combination of 3 Neba neba foods. The dish includes nato (fermented soybeans), tororo (grated yam) and okura. This recipe features frozen ingredients – widely available in Sydney, and is a perfect way to make a meal that is both healthy and time convenient.

How do neba neba foods help strengthen our body?

The effects of neba neba foods on fatigue recovery and strengthening the body are believed to be a result of a synergistic combination of factors, including the protection of the stomach, support for the weakened gastrointestinal tract affected by digestive enzymes, and bring rich in nutrients like B vitamins that promote energy metabolism 

Neba Neba food example

To give an example of how people in Japan can enjoy neba neba foods easily, I made neba neba soba noodles in a Japanese hotel buffet adding neba neba ingredients such as nameko mushrooms, tororo (grated yam) and akamoku seaweed (type of brown seaweed). 


In this VIDEO, you can see how I created neba neba soba noodles whilst staying in Japan that were both so yummy and healthy! Adding Nameko mushrooms, Tororo imo (grated yam) and Akamoku (brown seaweed), all helped to make the dish truly special. I loved using these ingredients since they are usually harder to find in Sydney.

Hope this post has motivated you to try some of these neba neba ingredients for your health and beauty! 



Do you know I run a cooking school in Sydney?

Please come and join my healthy Japanese superfoods cooking class in Sydney. We offer vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free cooking classes that are filled with tasty and easy recipes. You will learn not only cooking skills and tips but also how to use Japanese ancient wisdom on a daily basis for your health, energy, and beauty! Don’t be afraid to make it a group event, corporate team building cooking classes, hens party cooking classes and other group classes are available, the more the merrier! Join my cooking class from HERE or leave me an inquiry HERE.

You don’t live in Sydney?

Don’t worry, there are two ways to learn Japanese cooking with me.

NEW Japanese online cooking classes coming soon! More information to come, subscribe HERE so you don’t miss out!

ALSO twice per year I run an online Japanese 30 Day Challenge Course!! Focusing on weight loss and improving your health! Drop your email address HERE and we’ll notify you about the next challenge!

Plant Based Cookbooks

If you want to cook more easy and tasty Japanese vegan meals using Japanese superfoods – real key for Japanese health, please grab my vegan cookbook “Japanese Superfoods” or “Top 3 Japanese Superfoods for Natural Weightloss” or even better, you can have “Japanese Superfoods combo deal” to master Japanese Superfoods.

AND I am creating online Japanese cooking classes right now, so stay tuned! I will let you know when it is ready!

Happy Japanese superfoods cooking xx

Follow us on Instagram

    Have you been tired of being overweight or worried about your health?

    I’ve created a fabulous free e-book “Top 3 Japanese superfoods for natural weight loss”. It has tips to lose weight using the top 3 Japanese superfoods that support weight loss plus yummy and easy recipes to use! Enjoy!