Japanese Diet Information

Welcome to my Japanese diet information site

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.

Continue reading the introduction to Japanese diet information.

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April 18, 2006

Anti-inflammation diets

Filed under: Diet — Sato @ 1:52 am

Anti-inflammation diets are the latest buzz words in the diet industry.

“Chronic inflammation has been attributed to degenerative conditions such as arthritis and degenerative joint disease,” said Dave Grotto, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association”.

Japanese and mediterranean diets contain a deal of foods to add to an anti-inflammation diet.


March 19, 2006

Extending you lifespan

Filed under: News — Sato @ 11:20 pm

There is a good article on extending your lifespan from the Age newspaper.

Outside the laboratory, the benefits of a low-calorie diet are vividly demonstrated in the Okinawa Centenarian Study. The 1.27 million inhabitants of the Japanese island consume a diet rich in green vegetables, sweet potato and fish – more than a third fewer calories than the average American intake. The Okinawans avoid many of the diseases of ageing and boast a record rate of centenarians – 34 per 100,000 people (more than triple the rate in Australia).

March 17, 2006

Shiratkai craze

Filed under: Diet,Foods — Sato @ 6:35 am

Shirataki noodles have become the latest diet fad in the US. The noodles made from calorie free konnyaku, have become a pasta substitute.

Read the full story here.

March 13, 2006

Japanese government to promote nutrition education

Filed under: News — Sato @ 2:14 am

The Japanese government is creating a plan to promote nutrition education in schools.

The draft plan also sounds the alarm over the rising number of people who do not eat breakfast — 4 percent of primary school children, 30 percent of males in their 20s and 23 percent of males in their 30s.


March 4, 2006

Rice bran could lower hypertension

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sato @ 1:41 pm

Japanese scientists have discovered a way to extract the healthy components from rice bran.  The extract was tested on rats and said to lower blood pressure.


March 1, 2006

Seaweed extract Fuicoidan to be used in cosmetics

Filed under: News — Sato @ 3:02 am

A Japanese company has devised a way to use Fuicoidan, a seaweed extract in cosmetics.

The processed extract can be used as a moisturizer, and is said to be oderless and allergic-free.

It has been been included in the diet of Okinawa islanders for centuries and is attributed as one of the reasons why the region has one of the world’s highest rates of longevity.

Further reading.

February 27, 2006

More good news on green tea

Filed under: News,Scientific studies — Sato @ 8:19 am

There seems to be almost daily news on the benefits of drinking green tea. Personally, I cannot get enough of the healthy drink.

This time a Japanese study has said that green tea can reduce the risk of dementia.

They study, “found those who drank two or more cups of green tea a day were 50 percent less likely to show cognitive impairment than those who drank three cups or less a week.”


February 15, 2006

Japanese Getting Heavier

Filed under: Diet,News — Sato @ 10:21 pm

Obesity in Japan is growing. It is still a long way behing the US but for the younger generation growing up on a western diet it could be a problem in the future.

Read more here.

February 7, 2006

Tofu in cakes

Filed under: Diet — Sato @ 11:11 pm

My friend was telling me about as a healthy alternative to giving chocolates for Valentine’s Day, Japanese are making cakes with tofu.

I hate to think how it would taste, but would love to give it a try!

In Japan it is traditional for women to give men chocolates on Valentines Day. Men can recopricate on White Day, which is in March.

February 5, 2006

Health professional see benefit of green tea

Filed under: Diet,News — Sato @ 11:44 pm

Dr. Richard T. Bosshardt writes here of the benefits of drinking green tea.

“Research has found a compound in green tea, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is one of the most potent antioxidants known. Antioxidants consume free radicals, which are toxic molecules produced by such things as sun exposure, exercise, stress and smoking. Free radicals are linked to nearly every bad thing that occurs in our bodies, from heart disease to cancer to illnesses of all types. Green tea contains twice the content of antioxidants found in black tea or coffee because of how it is processed. It contains a third of the caffeine in an equal amount of coffee.”