So what is a traditional Japanese Diet? Japanese people are supposed to be the healthiest people on the earth. With more than 70 thousand centenarian living in Japan, the Japanese is said to have the highest life expectancy in the world. And many experts are attributing that remarkable phenomena to their diet.
It is a Japanese thing to eat everything in small portion. Moderation is the key for proportion of their consumption. The Japanese is said to have a national obsession with fish. And the good news about it is that it is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that the body needs for eye and brain development. Also, fish is rich in protein and vitamin D which are essential for nourishment of the body, hair and skin. It is also found that people who eat fish regularly are 15 percent less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
Rice is another main food that is essential in a Japanese diet. It is a complex carbohydrate, low in fat and an energy boosting grain that the Japanese eat on a daily basis. In the case of rice, the Japanese are known to eat in very small portion and hardly feast on rice alone.
Seaweed is another marine vegetable that the Japanese eat frequently and is said to contain iodine, fibre and antioxidant. Tofu is a low calorie, non-fattening protein food that the Japanese eat that had enabled them to achieve good health and longevity. Natto, which is a fermented soybean product, aids in gut health through the good bacteria it produces.
The Japanese also drinks green tea that is not only zero-calorie but also contains flavonoids called catechin that is said to increase metabolism and help reduce excess fat.Not to the forget the array of colourful fruits and vegetables that the Japanese include in their daily diet. It has made the Japanese diet a complete whole meal by incorporating all the essential vitamins and minerals in every meal.