For a long time, one of the world’s largest medical mysteries has been why exactly why the Japanese people are so healthy. On average, Japanese citizens tend to live at least 5 to 10 years longer than most American citizens.Japanese people live long healthy lives because of many reasons.
Less red meats
Red meat contains saturated fats that can clog the arteries if eaten to excess, and can lead to obesity and bring on heart disease. So get eating more salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, and avoid that red meat and a potential heart attack.
Fish for health
Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their heart-health and even brain-boosting benefits.
Soy products help reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure. As a staple part of the Japanese diet, soy products are great at helping keep down cholesterol and are a useful addition to a healthy diet.japan-food
Green tea is believed to help regulate blood pressure, lower blood sugar, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, slow the aging process, and studies have even shown that green tea can be effective at preventing cancer.
A lesser known but still effective method of improving overall health is to consume fermented foods, a secret that the Japanese know all too well.The most important value in eating fermented foods is that it allows for good bacteria to grow.
Fermented foods is eaten during every meal in Japan.
Here are some important and popular fermented foods in Japan:
- Miso soup
- Natto (fermented soybeans)
- Pickled daikons
- Pickled plums (umeboshi)
- Pickled cucumber (shiozuke Tsukemono)
- Pickled radish
- Salt-pickled cabbage
- Fermented fish (kusaya)
Smaller food portions
Western visitors to Japan will find that when eating out, meals will be roughly about half the size of what they are used to (or even less if they are used to US-sized portions).
Japan is a nation filled with citizens who practice incredibly healthy habits that are beneficial for both the mind and the body.By staying active and eating the right foods in proper portions, any citizen of any country can improve their overall health, happiness, and longevity.