The Japanese Diet

ImageThe Japanese diet is considered as one of the healthiest diets in the world.

There is a misconception as to why the Japanese are so slim and healthy. People believe that the Japanese eat less, but they, on the contrary, do enjoy eating.

Although Japanese women spend more money on food, they actually consume fewer calories compared to women in European countries.

Japanese people eat about a hundred varieties of food a week. Their typical diet includes brown rice, fish, seasonal vegetables and fruits. Brown rice is consumed in large quantities in Japan, so that it is virtually served with every meal of the day, including breakfast. It is the main source of carbohydrates and as it low in fat rice helps fill a stomach up with few calories.

For extra health benefits rice cooked and eaten with no butter or oil.

Japanese soba noodles are also an important part of Japanese diet. Soba noodles are made from wheat and buckwheat flour and contain no white wheat. Being high in fiber they accelerate the digestive process and promote to remove cholesterol as well.

ImageJapanese people are vegetable-crazed and consume plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, and watercress.

Red peppers, green bean, zucchini, eggplant, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, lotus root, turnips, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and seaweed all have a place in the Japanese diet.

High in vitamin C and fiber, they also possess anti-cancer properties. Also, seaweeds are included used in Japanese dishes and provide body with iodine. Veggies are served simmered in broth, stir-fried in a small bit of oil, or lightly steamed that helps to preserve nutrients in food.

Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and tuna, are the most popular Japanese dishes and a great source of heart-benefit omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, the Japanese eat less red meat containing artery-clogging saturated fat and leading to obesity.

The one more an alternative source of protein than red meat is soy products as Japanese meals often include more than one soy-based dish. As a main part of the Japanese diet, soy products like tofu and beans help to reduce cholesterol level.