If you haven’t tried Japanese food yet, you should. Or better yet you should focus on enjoying its healthy foundations. How?
Well, according to Japanese food specialists, you don't have to cook Japanese-style to enjoy the diet's healthy foundations; just eat more fish, vegetables, and fruits. Also, serve smaller portions, eat mindfully and slowly, and add some healthy options like tofu and rice.
As it turns out, thanks to the relatively healthier Japanese diet and lifestyle, Japanese women and men live longer and healthier than everyone else on Earth.
"The magic of Japan-style eating is a healthier balance of filling, delicious lower-calorie foods, presented with beautiful portion control in pretty little dishes and plates", according to Naomi Moriyama, co-author of "Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother's Tokyo Kitchen".
So, you should definitely consider slowing down when eating and savor every bite, which means eating less, because it gives your brain time to realize your body is full. According to Moriyama, the average Japanese person eats about 25% fewer calories per day than the average American, which could partly explain their lengthy lifespan.
Fish, particularly fatty fish - like Japanese favorites salmon and fresh tuna, mackerel, sardines, and herring - are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their heart-health and mood-boosting benefits.
When eating Japanese food, try the healthier options as it only takes a few small changes to make the Japanese diet even healthier. The first requires changing white rice with brown. Japan's original ancient power food, brown rice is a great whole-grain, high-fiber source of good carbs, according to Moriyama. The second change has to do with reducing sodium intake, which is much too high in the Japanese diet because of the large amounts of soy sauce and pickled foods. So, when available, choose the lower-sodium varieties of miso, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. Additionally, on a piece of sushi for instance, just a drop or two of lower-sodium soy sauce is all you need.
So, make sure to not miss out on Japanese food, you’ll find it delicious!