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February 20, 2008 at 1:40 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Healthy Diets- Does Japan Have the World's Healthiest Diet?

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The Japanese people are known for their simplicity, grace, and style. Did you also know that the Japanese diet is said to be one of the healthiest diets in the world? Filled and centered around naturally rich and nutrient enhanced foods such as rice, fish, and vegetables, people have enjoying the Japanese diet with ease and effortlessness. This diet plan has kept Japanese people in pristine health for thousands of years. Currently, Japanese people have the lowest number of overweight people and the highest lifespan. Here are some major factors to the Japanese diet:The Japanese diet is natural. Red meat and processed food intake is low. It is very low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, but high in fiber.

Eat more fish

Japanese people tend to eat significantly more amounts of fish than other nations. Oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel lowers the risk of disease and increase vitality. The Japanese a variety of fish, prepared in several different ways.

Eat Soya

Japan imports most of its Soya products, which is known for low calories and fat, but high in protein. Japan eats 10 times more Soya than any other nation.

Eat Rice

Rice is full of proteins and carbohydrates, and it a staple with every meal in Japan.

Portion

Japanese meals are all served on small, delicate serving bowls. Portions tend to be much smaller, and help with binging and overeating. Each item is served on a separate dish and is savored. Slow eating in encouraged.

Variety and Balance

The diet is never boring! It is noted that Japanese people sample around 100 different foods a week. Other westernized countries usually sample about 30! Your taste buds will always be tantalized with new flavors and variety.

Cooking Techniques

In the tradition of Japanese cooking, most food is steamed, stir-fried, simmered, or pan fried. These ways of cooking help foods retain nutrients and antioxidants.

Breakfast

Still the most important meal of the day! Eating early in the way gives you energy and makes sure you don't feel hunger later. A typical Japanese breakfast could include green tea, steamed rice, miso with tofu, salmon, onions, and an omlette.

Green tea

Green tea is served with every meal and is also known for its antioxidants and anti-aging qualities. Green tea has been known to help lower cholesterol. It has also been proven to help dieters lose weight and fight off infection. Enjoy deserts in moderation. It is said that Japanese people do not relish in sweets, but do enjoy mocha (pounded rice covered with a sweet bean paste) or other varietals in moderation.

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