Statistics have shown us that Japan is one of the countries that has the longest life expectancy in the world, and the key factor of this longevity is only because of one essential principle: its diet.
Japanese people eat fresh food in small amount, which means that their meals are characterized by the quality of its ingredients rather than by the quantities of the food that contain on the plate.
Among the fresh ingredients that have been used in Japanese cuisine, the protein that has provided by raw food, such as salmon and tuna, stands out the most.
Other aspects that characterize the Japanese cuisine is that few dairy products have been consumed, in this sense, healthier and more beneficial alternatives are preferred, such as soya bean, millet, and tofu. This type of food is antioxidant, and rich in calcium and proteins, it also helps reduce the level of cholesterol and prevent against diabetes disease.
On the other hand, Japanese people are not very fond of bread or meat, on the contrary, they prefer rice, fish, vegetable, and fruit, freshly served in small amount. It is considered that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is usually characterized by having a variety of dishes, which can be including vegetable, rice, soup, or egg.
What can we learn from Japanese healthy eating habits in order to reach a long life? Probably, it would a great idea to start adding its healthy ingredients in our daily meal as well! We would like to make some suggestions that you might find them helpful:
- Vegetables: Pumpkin, aubergine, soya bean sprouts, potatoes, bamboo sprouts, radish, shiitake, and seaweed.
- Fruits: apple and mandarin
- Protein: Fish, such as salmon and mackerel
- And last but not least, the famous green tea! It is an important antioxidant, at the same time, it could provide us lots of energy.