Experts believe that Japanese food can help you have a healthy life, and according to the London-based nutritionist Cassandra Barns, it can help in getting a long life.
Japanese diet that includes sushi, miso and pickled vegetables is also believed to be the reason behind glowing skin.
In March, a study conducted by Tokyo’s National Center for Global Health and Medicine revealed that people who practice Japan’s recommended dietary habits are 15 percent less likely to die of diseases. The diet also helps in reducing cardiovascular disorders and reduces chances of stroke.
“Combining a high intake of carbohydrates and fat is the perfect storm for obesity,” cardiovascular research scientist James DiNicolantonio told the Huffington Post in March. “The Japanese tend to eat high carb (both rice and vegetables) but a low intake of fat.”
I – Word Understanding
Cardiovascular disorder – a disease that involves the heart or blood vessels
Stroke – a serious medical condition wherein the blood supply to the brain is cut-off
II – Have Your Say
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns has revealed the five foods in a Japanese diet that can help in achieving a longer, healthier life:
1. Fish: Believed to be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, responsible for keeping the heart healthy, fish can help in improving the blood circulation.
2. Miso and Umami paste: Fermented soya foods in Japanese diet, containing isoflavones, miso and umami paste help women after menopause.. It also increases the vitamin K2 content, which plays a role in bone health and heart health too.”
3. Seaweed: This is rich in minerals, including iodine, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium and dozens of other trace minerals that help our immune system, antioxidant defenses and heart health.
4. Matcha Tea: This is a traditional powdered green tea made from the fresh leaf tips of the tea plant and is high in a specific type of flavanols called catechins that helps boost our body’s antioxidant defenses.
5. Pickled Vegetables: This is a good source of natural probiotics that helps in digestion and absorption of nutrients in the food we eat.