Why is Japanese Cuisine Healthy?

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Japanese mother and daughter eating onigiri together
Japanese mother and daughter eating onigiri together

Japan manages to top the lists of countries with the highest life expectancy (According to the WHO statistics) since the past decade and the tradition continues. What is the secret behind the long healthy life of Japanese? Japanese cuisine and the diet followed by Japanese play a crucial role in contributing to their healthy lifestyle along with their remarkably good health care system and cultural habits.

Common global health problems like heart diseases, respiratory infections and age-related diseases don’t have a tangible impact on these healthiest group on the planet (Except for the country’s increasing suicide rate. Well, that’s a debate for another day).

Japanese food culture

The Japanese diet is high in grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, soy, fish and a moderate amount of animal meat. Japan has the lowest rate of obesity and the City called Okinawa, in southernmost Japan, has the highest number of centenarians in the world. Japanese cuisine is low in calories and saturated fat yet high in essential supplements like phytonutrients, for example, antioxidants and flavonoids, found in various vegetables.

Popular and healthy Japanese cuisine
Sushi
Traditional Japanese food Sushi , Japanese cuisine
Traditional Japanese food Sushi

Sushi is made with rice, vinegar and usually involves fish. However, this popular Japanese cuisine acquires different forms according to the varied choice of chefs around the globe. How healthy the sushi is – depends on what’s inside the rice roll.

Miso soup
Miso Soup with green onion and tofu, Japanese cuisine
Miso Soup with green onion and tofu.

This traditional Japanese soup is made with Dashi, dried baby sardines, bonito and kelp. The ingredients vary according to the seasons and personal choices. Miso soup contains essential bacteria that promote good health.

Edamame
Appetizer Edamame soybeans with chopped garlic and Chili pepper
Appetizer Edamame soybeans with chopped garlic and Chili pepper

Edamame is gluten-free young soybeans rich in proteins, iron and calcium. This Japanese cuisine is a snack food and helps in weight loss.

Spinach Ohitashi
Boiled greens with dressing
Boiled greens with dressing

Spinach is a rich source of Iron. Spinach Ohitashi is a popular Japanese side dish made with soaked Spinach in Dashi and garnished with dried bonito flakes.

Sea weed
Wakame seaweed salad with nut sauce, garnished with sesame seeds and red chili pepper - Japanese cuisine
Wakame seaweed salad with nut sauce, garnished with sesame seeds and red chilli pepper

Seaweeds are a great source of iodine, minerals and vitamin A B C E and K. Japanese cuisine contain various edible seaweeds like kelp, Konbu, Wakame etc.

Try Japanese cuisine if you are on a health kick, and it tastes great too. If you are visiting Japan to try their amazing cuisine, also read about Japanese Customs You Should Know Before Travelling To Japan.

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