Thursday, November 11, 2010
What can we learn from the traditional Japanese Diet?
Did you know that the average life expectancy of a Japanese woman is 86 compared to 8O for those from countries like the UK and USA and that on average they live 75 years of those healthy and free of disabilities.
Japan also has the lowest rate of obesity in the developed world. This isn't simply down to their genes its mainly down to their diet.
The big thing with the Japanese diet is that they eat with their eyes meaning they like their dishes presented well in decorative small dishes arranged for optimum attractiveness. Eating this way encourages you to eat less as you savour what you are eating thus you eat slower which gives your brain time to realise your full.
The Japanese also tend to eat a lot of rice - 6x more than the UK. Rice is low fat and filling so eating a lot of it ensures that you eat less of other more fat based foods.
Another staple of the Japanese diet is vegetables. They often have 4 or 5 different vegetables witha meal. Not only are they good for your health as they are high in vitamins and minerals, they are also great for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Fish is very popular in Japan, in fact they consume 10% of the worlds fish. Particularly those fishes high in omega acids like salmon and tuna. Omega acids are well known for helping you achieve a healthy heart. Eating lots of fish also means they consume less red meat. Eating vast quantities of red meat can block your arteries and cause heart disease.
Then we come to soy which is in tofu and edamame beans. Its eaten a lot in Japan and its high in protein and very low in saturated fat so its very good for your health as we all know saturated fat is bad for your health.
Japanese food is brimming with beauty and taste and of course is supremely healthy. Its a good way to eat and of course Japanese food is delicious and gaining in popularity almost everywhere. I would recommend it for any of you who want to live longer and healthier lives. It is of course also good for staying slim but to me the health properties is the most important aspect.