We should eat
Japanese food more
The Japanese diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world, and for that reason the Japanese have an average life expectancy far greater than the western world. But why is this so?
Fish for health
Think of Japanese cuisine and it’s quite likely that you’ll think of sushi, which nowadays is commonly taken to mean raw fish on rice (traditionally ‘sushi’ means vinegared rice). So, clearly we associate a Japanese diet closely with consuming fish, and in large quantities. Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their heart-health and even brain-boosting benefits.
High vegetable consumption
The Japanese consume large amounts of vegetables, and it is not uncommon for a vegetable soup or even a salad to be had for breakfast! The Japanese diet has the edge over a western diet with their high consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chinese cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and watercress. High in Vitamin C and fibre, they also contain potent anti-cancer properties. Methods of cooking vegetables, include lightly steaming or frying them, which helps retain maximum nutrients.
The Japanese diet and you
If you’ve made it this far without dismissing the need to chew on a broccoli spear or slurp down some green tea, then it’s likely you are going to be thinking that changing your diet to a more Japanese way of eating is going to have a positive impact on your health, and you’d be right. The Japanese diet has conclusive health benefits which should have you living longer, looking slimmer (and possibly younger), and generally being much healthier. By adding plenty of fish, rice (preferably brown rice), and vegetables to your diet, plus cutting back on red meats and processed foods, can all make a radical difference to your diet and health. Now go and have that green tea!