The Japanese diet reveals longevity secrets

If you explore the Japanese lifestyle, you will probably be able to understand why life expectancy is the longest in Japan. Many things contribute to it but the menu is the determining factor. The Japanese eat much seafood. According to the data received from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the average seafood consumption is about 55.7 kg per year. Compare it with US seafood consumption – 24.2 kg. With much fish in a diet, the risk of lethal outcome due to heart diseases decreases by 36%. It is also important to have fatty fish in a diet as it prolongs life 2.2 years in average. Such foods also improve mood and prevent some kinds of cancer and inflammation.

Scientists advise that we should consume two servings of fatty fish a week. It is also important to prepare fish correctly: grill, poach, steam it.

04-403It is also curious to know that the Japanese eat approximately 100,000 tons of seaweed annually. 20 types of seaweed are used in Japanese cuisine. There are 2-9 grams of protein per cup in seaweed. It contains natural iodine and regulates thyroid. Seaweed is also able to regulate estragon and estradiol therefore the breast cancer rate is lower. Some kinds of seaweed contain more potassium than bananas. In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that residents of Okinawa (a region with a highest rate of centenarians) consume more seaweed than other residents of the country.

The popular drink sake can bring many benefits if you consume it moderately. Big amount of fermented foods also plays a big role. Tsukemono, pickled side dishes, soy sauce added everywhere makes the menu of the Japanese healthy. Many staples of Japanese cuisine include miso, soy and bean paste, the fermented products. In average, the Japanese consume about 1,8 gallons of soy sauce annually. According to research, fermentation contributes to easier digestion and makes the immune system stronger as immune cells live in the guts of a person.

originalGreen tea is one more staple of Japanese menu. Tea consumption is not just a ritual in Japan, it is impossible to imagine life without it. The habit of drinking tea turned the Japanese into a tea-loving nation. They drink tea even more than people in China. If tea is offered to you in Japan, it automatically means that it is green. The scientists have noticed that people who drink green tea have lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Green tea drinking improves work of cognitive function. It was proved that the Japanese who drink at least 5 cups of green tea decrease their mortality rate 26%.

Based on this information, we can determine the factors that can improve health. However, it is not known exactly if it works so well in non-Japanese environment. So it up to you if you adopt the Japanese diet or not.


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This article was written on 15 Sep 2015.

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