13 unwritten Japanese food secrets for long life

Japan continues to reign as the country with the highest life expectancy in the world. It is home to the highest number 90+ year old citizens in the world as well as several other very old and healthy persons.

It is estimated that men in Japan on average are expected to live at least up to 79, while women can live up to 86 years old. 

Most people have been wanting to know the secret for this and the subject has been widely treated in many different academic research work.

Interestingly majority of the work seem to suggest a close link between the life expectancy of Japanese and their diet.

They have very unique diets and preference which are guided by some unwritten code we’ll tackle in this article.

Typical Japanese diet

A typical Japanese diet will have any or a combination of these: Fish, Land Vegetables, Sea Vegetables, Green tea, Fruit, Rice and Soy. 

The individual nutritional value of the above-mentioned foods will be discussed later.

Japanese healthy eating rules

To the unwritten code for eating health according to Japanese diet for long life.

1. Home cooked food is always the best

2. Fish is preferred to meat

3. Eat only what is fresh

4. Eat vegetables that are in season

5. Eat small portions of variety of food not a large portion of one food

6. Plates must not be completely filled

7. Cook gently, don’t overcook

8. Rice (Brown rice) is the alternative to refined wheat such as bread.

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9. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

10. Exercise is a must

11. Sugary desserts such as cakes, ice creams and cookies are eaten less often

11. Fruits are an important food item

12. Eat slowly

13. Arrange food to show natural beauty

Traditional Japanese meal?

While there are a variety of foods served in Japan, a typical one consists of grilled fish, a bowl of rice, simmered vegetables, miso soup, sliced fruit for dessert and green tea.

Japan consume 5 times the amount of cruciferous vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, than Americans do.

Health eating!

This is an original Healthfoodsolution.com article. Feel free to leave comments and questions below this post.

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