While the world’s average life expectancy is 71 years, Japan stands out with an average life expectancy of 83.7. Okinawa in Japan also referred to as the ‘Land of Immortals’ has more than 400 centenarians. Wondering what’s the secret? Well, the secret lies in their healthy food practices. Read below to know what is so special about their food.
2. Healthy attitude
Japan traditionally has a very healthy perspective towards food. They have a saying, “hara hachi bu”, which means that you should eat until you are 80% full. Interestingly, they teach their children the same from a very young age.
3. Eat with eyes
Food presentation makes a lot of difference and this has been proved by the Japanese food. The magic of Japan-style plating with a small portion and a pop of colours stimulates hunger and the taste satisfies all your senses. This art of plating persuades you to eat with eyes by enjoying the beauty of food.
4. Calories count
If you think that cutting down calories is a tough job, start eating Japanese food and you will feel the change. According to a study conducted by the University Of Florida, College Of Medicine, an average Japanese person eats about 25% lesser calories per day as compared to people across the globe.
5. Portion size
Unlike other cuisines, Japanese food is served in small plates and bowls. According to health experts, the idea of smaller portions is the best secret for their healthy eating that also helps in losing weight. Research shows that when served more, people tend to eat more, whether they are hungry or not.
6. Rice staple
Japanese cuisine is incomplete without rice. If we go by reports, they eat 6 times more rice as compared to others. Rice as a low-fat food helps fill you up with fewer calories.
7. Mode of cooking
They cook food with minimum oil and use mediums like slow-coking, broiling, steaming, stewing, fermenting and stir-frying. The reason for choosing such methods is to retain the nutritional value of the ingredients.
8. Flexible restraint
When it comes to snacks and munching they follow a pattern called ‘flexible restraint.’ According to this rule, they enjoy munching from time to time but in very smaller portions.
In life, our attitude makes a huge difference. Whether its food or life, a positive attitude can bring in good health and prosperity. And Japanese food and lifestyle is a live instance of the same. So, are you ready to bring in the change?