- Posted September 28, 2013 by
Tips for Additional Life Longevity with Japanese Diet
Statistics show that the Japanese enjoy the longest life-span in the world, with much lower rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer than in the US. Much of their longevity can be obtained from diet. Here is how you can follow this life preserving diet.
Don't overeat. The Japanese eat only until they are 80% full.
Take time to enjoy the aesthetics of your food. Japanese food is often presented artistically on beautiful dishes.
Eat fish. While Japanese eat plenty of rice, Japanese meals are based on fish, which is consumed at almost half a pound a day per person.
Avoid dairy products and breads. They hardly eat any white flour or dairy products. Japanese noodles are made from buckwheat flour. A small bowl of rice is eaten at every meal.
Eat soy products. Soy beans are eaten in many forms - tofu, and fermented soy foods such as Miso, Tempeh and Natto.
Don't overdo the sugar. The Japanese don't like sugary desserts. Their desserts have a very subtle sweet taste, which comes from pounded rice (mochi) and sweet bean paste, mashed sweet potatoes and chestnuts.
Eat seaweed. A food which is considered "brain food" in Japan is seaweed, added to soups and used for wrapping sushi. Seaweed provides lots of minerals, particularly Iodine.
Drink green tea. All meals in Japan are served with Japanese green tea . Green tea has half the caffeine of coffee. It helps the digestive system, particularly when fried or breaded foods are being served.