Insights of the Japanese Diet

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Japanese people are enjoying increasing longevity which is inspiring to the world. They have a special fermented diet that may responsible for their impressive health. Japanese diet of fish and vegetables are not only healthy but also tasteful. Here we will like to discover the benefits of traditional Japanese foods.

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Japanese traditional diet

Japanese traditional diet is quite similar to the traditional Chinese diet. The traditional diet includes rice, cooked and pickled vegetables, fish and meat. Japan is a group of islands. The inhabitants of Japan consume a lot more fish than other Asian countries. Sushi and sashimi are the most common raw fish dishes for Japanese residents. They also take a huge amount of pickled, fermented and smoked foods as their daily diet.

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Soybeans are an important part of the Japanese diet that is consumed in a form of tofu. Japanese people also take lots of other beans that support a healthy digestive system. Fermented soya beans are staples of Japanese cuisine.

Japanese people like to enjoy a wide variety of land and sea vegetables. These vegetables are full of health-boosting minerals. Fruits like Fuji apples, tangerines and persimmons are consumed during breakfast or as dessert. Japanese are very fond of green tea. Green tea contains a high antioxidant that is linked to fighting viruses and heart diseases.

Healthy eating behaviors of Japanese

Traditional Japanese culture maintains a healthy attitude towards food and eating. They are following a rule while eating. They teach their young children to eat until they are 80% full. The way of serving foods also unique in Japan. They don’t make a meal on a large plate. Rather they eat from a small bowl. They use several different dishes like a bowl of rice, miso, vegetables, fish and meat. The dishes are often served communally and eaten in rotation. Japanese people also like to take snacks in smaller portions.

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Benefits of the Japanese diet

The common characteristics of the Japanese diet are to consume fresh and unprocessed foods. Japanese diet contains very little refined foods and sugar. A recent study found that a diet high in grains and vegetables can reduce the risk of dying early. The Japanese diet is highly focused on soy and fish which can play a significant role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The food habits of Japanese people are also helping to keep the lowest rate of obesity as well as for long life expectancy.

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Therefore, try some Japanese cuisine that may help you to keep your body fresh and healthy.