Japan, a land of cultural and heritage,, stands as one of the leading and most prominent country around the world, mainly due to the global reach of its popular culture. Japan is the home for one of the kindest and most honest people in the entire world. What wonders me more is that why Japanese are so active and look young even during their 80's and 90's. The oldest person living is Kane Tanaka (Japan, b. 2 January 1903) who lives in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Obesity rate in America is 39.8% and Japan's obesity rate is just 3.2%, which I think includes the Sumo Wrestlers IMAO, and guess what it is the lowest in the World. They don't drink some kind of magic potion to stay healthy, so what makes Japanese people so healthy.... Yes, the secret lies in their food.
Japanese diet is a diet which is rich in steamed rice, noodles, fish, tofu, natto, seaweed, and fresh, cooked, or pickled fruits and vegetables but low in added sugars and fats. It may also contain some eggs, dairy, or meat, although these typically make up a small part of the diet. The traditional Japanese diet resembles the Okinawan diet, the historical eating pattern of those living on the Japanese island of Okinawa, but includes significantly more rice and fish. A study by the British Medical Journal found that those who stuck to closer to the Japanese dietary guidelines – a diet high in grains and vegetables, with moderate amounts of animal products and soy but minimal dairy and fruit – had a reduced risk of dying early from heart disease or stroke. As their diet is traditionally high in soy and fish this may also play a significant role in reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
What do I eat?
There are a lot of food that you could take and shouldn't take
Foods you could take:
Fish and seafood. All types of fish and seafood can be included. These can be steamed, baked, grilled, or raw — as is the case with sushi and sashimi.
Soy foods. The most common are edamame, tofu, miso, soy sauce, tamari, and natto.
Fruit and vegetables. Usually, fruits are eaten raw or pickled while vegetables are steamed, sautéed, pickled, simmered in broth, or added to soups.
Seaweed. Sea vegetables are a big part of the traditional Japanese diet. They’re usually eaten raw or dried.
Tempura. This light dough is made by mixing wheat flour with iced or sparkling water. It serves as a batter for deep-fried seafood and vegetables.
Rice or noodles. Steamed rice is a staple in a traditional Japanese diet. Other popular options include soba, ramen, or udon noodles served chilled or in a hot broth.
Beverages. Hot green tea and cold barley tea are the main beverages, though beer and sake may be served with dinner.
Foods you shouldn't take:
Dairy: butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
Red meat and poultry: beef, pork, chicken, duck, etc.
Eggs: boiled, fried, as an omelet, etc.
Excess fats, oils, and sauces: margarine, cooking oils, dressings, fat-rich sauces, etc.
Baked goods: bread, pita, tortillas, croissants, pie, brownies, muffins, etc.
Processed or sugary foods: breakfast cereals, granola bars, candy, soft drinks, etc.
Adjust your diet according to the foods I have listed. Make sure to avoid the foods I listed as much as you can.
Fast Food Influence on Japan:
Nowadays the Japanese diet has been influenced by cheap, fast, and high-calorie food from McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, and other Western fast food chains. That has been transformed into an imbalanced meal laden with processed foods, highly saturated fats, empty calories, and few fresh vegetables. Even though most people don't buy them, its getting popular day by day.
The traditional Japanese diet focuses on whole, minimally processed, nutrient-rich, seasonal foods. It’s particularly rich in seafood, vegetables, and fruit, and limits meat, dairy, and snacks. It may improve digestion, aid weight management, help you live longer, and protect against various diseases. If you want to live longer and a risk free live then practice the Japanese Culture.
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