Japanese Diet Information


Introduction

Japanese people have the longest life span in the world. Statistics revealed in 2004, show the average life span of a Japanese female is 85 years of age and 78 for men.

There are many potential factors which have an affect on the average human life span, but one of the overwhelming factors has to be a healthy diet. While looking on a general site which had a list of healthy diet foods, I couldn’t believe the the number of foods which came from Japan, which is one of the main reasons which prompted me to create this site.

The aim of this website is not to convert everyone in the world to a Japanese diet, but to at least introduce some of the healthier Japanese foods which can help prevent certain diseases and help provide a balanced diet.

I am not a nutritionalist, but as a foreigner who has spent a number of years in Japan I have become more interested in the health benefits of some Japanese foods. For most people when they think of Japanese food they think of sushi, sukiyaki or tempura. Although, Japanese do enjoy these foods occasionally, the traditional home cooked meal is usually much simpler.

Not all Japanese food will suit everyone, and it may take some time to get used to the unusual taste. Who would ever think of eating fermented beans (nato), which is sticky and has a very powerful odour. Some people might say – it stinks!

Younger people in Japan are moving to a more western style diet which is bringing the associated western diet problems of diabetes and obesity. I am not proposing any type of crazy seaweed or soy diet, all I am suggesting is for people to give Japanese food a try and you might be able to see an improvement in your health. I am a strong believer that Weight loss only comes through a healthy diet and regular exercise – there are no quick fixes.