Everyone has heard about the long and healthy life of Japanese people. They live a quality life and rarely fall ill. The all credits of their health and happiness goes to their diet and life style. Japanese diet has always been praised for its health benefits.
There is a book written by a Japanese lady known as Naomi Moriyama. The name of the book is Japanese women don’t get old and fat. In this book she has revealed the health secrets of Japanese people.
She claims of resorting to traditional food cooking which helped her husband to shed extra fat and boosted both of them with energy. These days, in India we are all focusing on fast and junk food and the traditional foods have been forgotten by most of us. This is the reason why people are now being troubled by ill health and various diseases.
Today we are going to share with you the secret of Japanese people health and long life.
Japanese cook their meals at home. Their traditional meal includes grilled fish, little steamed rice, boiled vegetables, a bowl of miso soup and green tea.
They make these foods with love and rarely visit restaurants. They avoid high temperatures in their cooking and cook food on low flame, steaming (low temperature high pressure), pan grilling and sauteing. This preserves the nutrient value of the food.
They also use healthy cooking oils such as olive oil.
You must have visited a Japanese restaurant and noticed that food is served in small bowls and it satisfies you despite the small portions. They focus more on the presentation of food and they eat their food slowly to enjoy it. This keeps their digestive system in good health and they stay fit.
It is not a hard and fast rule to have a sweet dish after the main meal. They are not important in Japan. They are served in smaller portions and not liked so much as in other countries.
In Japan, breakfast is served as a big meal having variety of small dishes. Miso soup is a must to have during breakfast. It is rich in probiotics which boosts immunity and keeps the gut healthy.
Japanese women are not as concerned about dieting as compared to other countries. They have been brought up to enjoy different varieties of food. They walk everywhere which helps to keep them slim. They are always active as a part of their daily routine.
Japanese diet includes more steamed rice and they don’t eat bread. Bread is a refined flour which can cause many health issues and is devoid of fibres.
Japanese eat vegetables as they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
They consume more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, kale, bok choy. These vegetables have many health benefits.
They also consume a lot of sea weed which is rich in vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients. Sea weed is an important component of almost all Japanese dishes.
In Japan noodles are low in fat and come in different varieties. They are made of beans and buckwheat (soba noodles).
Japanese eat a lot of soy. They have almost 50 grams of soy per day in the form of many traditional dishes. Apart from this they also have green tea after meals. This protects their heart and keeps them young always.