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Little Known Secrets Of The Healthiest Diet In The World

The Japanese diet is the healthiest diet in the world.

  1. First, the facts.
    • Japanese men and women live longer than everyone else on the face of the earth.

      Women – 86 years average
      Men – 79 years average

      Women – 80 years average
      Men – 75 years average
    • Japanese live an average of 75 healthy years disability free.
    • Japanese obesity rate is 3%, lower than everyone else on the face of the earth.

  2. The sushi.
  3. The Japanese tend to eat their food in smaller portions, bit by bit. It allows the brain time to realize that the body is full. Smaller portions allow you to take turn to savor the taste of many different things healthily and lose weight at the same time. It’s a fact that humans tend to eat more when served more regardless of the state of hunger. Almost 70% of respondents in a recent American Institute for Cancer Research survey will eat whatever that is placed on their plates.

  4. Mountains of rice
  5. Whether if it’s Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar or Korea, it’s rice. Americans eat 6 times less than the average Japanese diet. They eat rice for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner. Several benefits of rice include:

    • White rice contains only 103 calories per half-cup serving.
    • Rice contains a very high percentage of carbohydrates with only a trace of fat.
    • The protein in rice is well-balanced because all eight amino acids are present in proper proportions.
    • Rice is a low-sodium food for those with hypertension.
    • Rice can be used as a grain substitute for wheat because it is gluten-free and non-allergenic.

  6. The Japanese LOVE vegetables.
  7. Red bell peppers, green beans, zucchini, eggplant, onions, burdock, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, carrots, spinach, bamboo shoots, beets, lotus root, turnips, giant white radish, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes and seaweed can be found in the Japanese diet throughout all meals in the day. It’s common to have vegetable soup for breakfast.

  8. The Japanese LOVE fatty fish.
  9. The kind that is very, very, very high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of nutrient that your heart will love. Their favorites are the salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardine and herring. The focus on fish leaves little room for artery clogging saturated fat from red meat that causes obesity and heart diseases. Can you imagine 2% of the earth’s population eating 10% of the world’s fish?

  10. Tofu, tofu, tofu.
  11. Other soy products like edamame beans and soy milk also contribute a lot of protein. Know that soy products :

    • are naturally high in calcium
    • contains magnesium and boron, which are important co-factors of calcium for bone health.
    • contain isoflavones that inhibit the breakdown of bones.
    • reduces menopausal symptoms in women. Did you know that no word can be found in the Japanese language for ‘hot flashes’?
    • like soy milk has an effect in lowering cholesterol

    My favorite soup is the miso(fermented soy beans) soup. It’s healthy and yummylicious at the same time!

  12. Green tea, the miracle.
  13. A cup of green tea can usually be found in daily Japanese meals such as lunch and dinner. Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea.

    • University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
    • The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
    • Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful type of anti oxidant that inhibits the growth of cancer cells. It also kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.
    • Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Which means it helps in preventing tooth decay!

Start eating the Japanese diet if you haven’t already. Start reaping the benefits of living longer, staying slim and healthier!

3 replies on “Little Known Secrets Of The Healthiest Diet In The World”

Wonderful post and something we should not take lightly! Yes, Japanese have the highest life expectancy in the world, even though they smoke MORE (something that bothers those of us that are doctors tremendously). We know that smoking causes cancer, so the differential between their life expectancy and our would probably be greater still if they quit!

Seaweed (Kelp) is another component of their diet that probably makes a difference. The Japanese use this in miso soup, as a snack, and as a thickening agent. It has been shown that a higher consumption of kelp regulates menstrual periods and significantly decreases menstrual pain. It has an anti-estrogen effect and in theory could lower the risk of breast cancer which is rare in Japanese women. (I add it to soups for my family)

Since we spend more on health care than any other country in the world, but fail to make the top forty in life expectancy, perhaps we should be reading your entry daily. It is interesting that there is now a National Cancer Institute Study in place at the Mayo Clinic, using green tea for cancer patients. This happened after several patients initiated treatment on their own and had unexpected regressions in their cancers!

Lynne Eldridge M.D.
Author, “Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time”

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