Japanese food and diet can help you live longer and healthier. Understand how you can implement the good qualities and benefits of Japanese food and diets into your own kitchen, and help your family eat healthy and live longer.
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The Japanese diet and food eating habits are simpler to adapt when compared to other traditional diets of different countries. You should take the tips and kick your daily complaints and food related miseries goodbye.
The Japanese diet comprises of low-fat, high-carb and protein rich foods that are abundant with all sorts of nutrients and antioxidants.
The Japanese eat less, slowly and in smaller quantities. You’d know why those little details matter if you knew this. People eat 45% more food when served bigger helpings.
The Japanese consume three-quarters of what the Americans do in calories. Their meals are appreciated not just for the delectable taste but also for their presentation.
The Japanese are really particular about details, not just in food but in other areas of their lifestyle and leisure. You can see this in any of their landscape architecture, gardening, costumes and traditional arts. We’re already familiar with origami, ikebana and bonsai. Now let’s move on to the finer details about the culinary delights on the table.
Benefits of Japanese Food
It isn’t difficult to follow a few basic tips to help you eat healthier like them. Rice is not the only staple in Japanese cuisine, fish feature just as prominently on the platter.
The low level of heart disease in Japan is because of the amount of fish eaten in the traditional diet. The variety of fish consumed is coincidental to the amazing ways of preparation which ranges from the precise to putrid.
Everybody knows how exquisitely sliced and tender raw tuna is, in sushi and sashimi. The wriggling squid guts soaked in salt (served with alcohol) might give you the creeps if you are not akin to it. You could also skip the local dried fish product with a strong stench in your course.
Otherwise a daily intake of half a pound of fish is more than enough for you. Fish, whether they are fresh, cured, smoked or salted are rich in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. These protect you against various types of cancer. Salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel, sardines, flat fish and herring are some of the favorites in a Japanese diet.
An Excellent Alternative
Meat is not the only source of protein. Traditional diet contains plant-based proteins too. Natural soy products like tofu and edamame (green soyabeans) are great alternatives. Tofu is a good example, low in saturated fat, rich in calcium, but it is not about avoiding red-meat for life.
The whole point is that, you should consider eating plant-based proteins more regularly and reap the benefits. Switching from the artery-clogging saturated fat laden red meat to much healthier plant-based proteins is a very effective option. Their menu has more than one soy-based dish like miso soup (fermented soy beans) and chunks of tofu.
Green Benefits of Japanese Food and Diet
The Japanese love their veggies. What about you? We’re aware that veggies are the best, but do we actually eat them regularly, and make them a part of our balanced diet? If you do, remember that the way you cook should not cause the nutritional values to diminish.
Deep frying and over-boiling are totally unnecessary. Don’t hate kale, broccoli, cabbage, cress and radish for your own good. They are among the best at warding off some types of cancer like colon cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer to mention a few.
Your veggies will taste good if you cook them properly with the correct procedures like steaming or stir-frying fast or by roasting root vegetables in the oven with a bit of olive or canola oil, and salt, pepper and herbs.
The Japanese prefer to prepare mixed vegetables in seasoned broth. Bamboo shoots, burdock, Chinese cabbages, corn, daikon radish, eggplant, shiitake mushrooms, soybeans, sweet potato and green peppers are regulars on the table. Some more greens printed precisely on their grocery list are red bell pepper, zucchini, spinach, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, lotus root, turnips and sea weed. FYI, sea weeds are rich in antioxidants and minerals.
And the best part, it isn’t odd for them to have vegetable soup or a salad for breakfast. There are different varieties served in a single meal. As for fruits, they go for apples, persimmons and mandarin.
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