What can we learn about diets from the Japanese? They have low rates of major chronic disease and have a high life expectancy. They eat a diet high in carbs and still have a low incidence of obesity. How do they do it? Again, it may be the kinds of carbs (there are some healthy carbs) they eat, get more exercise and follow a low fat diet.
The Traditional Japanese Diet:
- The diet is one of the lowest in fat – traditionally the Japanese get 26% of their calories as fat – about 8% lower than the U.S.
- Fish is favorite protein source.
- Soy foods are abundant.
- They focus on presentation enhancing the enjoyment of food.
- They eat little processed food. They eat real food.
- They eat about 65% of their calories from carbohydrate – mainly rice.
Japan: High carbs, more exercise, low fat
U.S.: High carbs, less exercise, high fat. Think of the popularity of ice cream or a candy bar. Sugar plus fat wins out every time. Much of our highly processed foods are loaded with both.
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