I’ve always thought of the dishes inside Japanese bento boxes as healthy alternatives to fast food fare. I had this belief that since most of the dishes are stir fried and rarely deep fried then it is a better option.
I was surprised when I read that many people still think that bento meals are not healthy after all. This is especially true of the bento boxes sold at convenience stores. But the Lawson convenience store chain may have heard these comments and have done something about it. The company has recently come out with a bento box that was developed with the help of students at the Kagawa Education Institute of Nutrition.
The newly formulated bento box is said to be much healthier because of the increased use of beans and vegetables. the portions of the healthy food were based on the food balance guidelines set by the health ministry. All branches of the Natural Lawson stores will carry this healthy option.