Japanese people tend to look younger than their true age and many are thin. I heard from my Japanese friend who was 35-year-old that she got mistaken for a student.
The secret will be found in Japanese foods. We must think about the relationships between Japanese foods and health. In this article, I will tell you why Japanese foods are healthy.
Why Japanese foods are healthy? The 3 reasons
1 Low Fats, Low Calories
Main ingredients in Japanese foods are rice, seafoods, vegetables and seaweeds. Fishes contains rich oil called as omega-3 fatty acids that prevent heart disease and myocardial infarction. They contain lower fats and lower calorific value than meat. Black looking foods such as kelp, hijiki(soaked seaweeds) and dried seaweeds are not eaten much in Europe and the United States, but in Japanese foods, it is commonly used.
Seaweeds have few calories and contain many minerals necessary for your body. They are also indispensable for composing teeth and bones and strength of the body. If you can not eat seaweeds, try to boil them and extract their nutritions. Fermented foods such as miso are also good for your health and have few calories.
2 Well-Balanced Nutritions, Preventing Cancer and Lifestyle-Related Diseases
The basic style of Japanese cuisines is called “One Soup and Three Side Dishes”, so as to take nutrients such as dietary fibers and protein in a balanced way. “One Soup” is often a bowl of miso soup. It is said that miso gets hormone balance ordered, and prevents breast cancer. And it also has a positive effect on the intestinal environment. Also other fermented foods such as soy sauce and natto(fermented soybeans) are very good for health: Anti-aging effects, disease prevention, beautiful skin effects and intestinal effects, etc..
Because they are mainly composed of vegetables and seaweeds, Japanese foods contain rich dietary fibers. Dietary fibers are said to make bowel movements easier and to facilitate the discharge of body wastes. In the western eating habits, dietary fibers tend to be deficient, so cholesterols and neutral fats are inclined to increase too much. Moreover, taking rich dietary fibers has a large effect on the prevention of constipation, cancer and lifestyle-related diseases.
3 Lightly Flavored and Raw Eating
In many Japanese foods soup stocks extracted from kelp or bonito flakes are much used. They have rich taste and you can make delicious Japanese foods without using other seasonings much. Taking advantage of the taste of the materials, many dishes are lightly flavored, so we can prevent from having unnecessary calories contained in some seasonings.
It is regarded as one of the features of Japanese foods that many people eat them in raw. By eating fishes in this way, we can have nutrients contained in ingredients directly, without disassembly. Except Japanese, very few people eat raw eggs, however it is a kind of traditional home cooking to eat rice with raw eggs and soy sauce. Off course I like it, and I don’t mind it’s looking if it is delicious.
Celebrities who love Japanese foods
One of the most well-propotioned supermodel in the world. Once she said “I love Japan most”, and she is famous for her love in Japan.
It is also said that she loves healthy Japanese foods like rice, salted plums, tofu(bean curd) and dried seaweeds. Her splendid body may come from these foods, I suppose.
Needless to say, she is a world-class artist. Even now she looks very young for her age, over 50. She adopts Japanese foods for the purpose of anti-aging, and surprisingly she also hires her own cook for Japanese foods.
She thinks it is effective for anti-aging to eat sushi, soba(buckwheat noodles) and miso.
More celebrities all over the world speak publicly about their love in Japanese foods, because they are delicious and healthy.
Delicious and healthy. Because of these features Japanese foods are well-select for daily eating and also for dieting. Contrary to this, in Japan, western food cultures which are both high-fats and high-calories are spreading, which leads to increase of the number of patients. So, these features of Japanese foods are now spot lighted.
- Low-fats and low-calories
- Well-balanced nutritions and prevention of cancer, lifestyle-related diseases
- Light flavor and raw eating
In this article, I focused on why Japanese foods are healthy. I suppose now you believe it’s effects on anti-aging and aesthetics, as world celebrities do.
You can also check my Japanese foods recipes for your easy home cooking.
Beyond the difference between diverse cultures, some arrangements in Japanese foods come from cuisines in other countries. So now you must try healthy Japanese foods.