Why The Japanese Live Longer & Healthier Than The Rest Of Us

Akanksha Bhatia

Lifestyle Writer

Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world, at 87 years and a shocking 3.5% of obesity in the country. How did they manage to do that? It all comes down to the country's healthy eating habits and a lifestyle that helps them stay fit and live longer. And when you begin to jot it down, it isn't as difficult as some may believe. Here are eight easy ways to eat like the Japanese do:

1. Loads Of Rice 

Japanese tend to eat a lot of rice, in small portions but for almost all their meals. Consuming at least six times the amount of rice than an average American, being low in fat and high in calories it fills you up faster. You could replace this with brown rice if you want to be healthier. 

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2. Green Tea

Their elixir of life is the number of healthy teas they regularly consume. Especially the matcha green tea which helps stabilize your blood pressure, increase immunity, lower cholesterol and much more. 

3. Seafood 

Let's start with fish - consuming fish regularly, at least two to three times a week, helps reduce the risk of death due to heart disease by 36 percent. Having it steamed, or grilled is a safer option. Apart from that, the Japanese have a high intake of sushi which includes greens (seaweed), fish and rice in the perfect package. Guess who's taking sushi making classes this weekend? 

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4. Vegetables 

Pickled and boiled vegetables are the side dish to almost all their meals alongside a tiny serving of rice. This way, they balance out their veggie intake in their meals automatically. Their soups and broths also have a healthy helping of vegetables. 

5. Seaweed

Japan consumes almost 100,000 tons of seaweed per year. Why? Because it is super healthy and tastes delicious. Some varieties of seaweed actually have more potassium than bananas, and also helps regulate the estrogen levels in your body making it great for your PMS phase. 

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6. Start Young 

The children in Japan are given a healthy diet right from a young age, Japan's idea of fast food is ramen which is way healthier than the burgers the rest of the world overdoses on. Right from the school cafeterias to the fast food meals, it is way cheaper to eat healthier in Japan. 

7. Smaller Portions 

Chopsticks are a boon to humanity making you reconsider and work for every bite you take. It forces you to consume smaller bites and portions, hence ensuring that you don't overeat. Magic, ain't it?

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8. Alternatives 

Substituting their need for red meat with soy and tofu, the country has basically aced the heath game. Finding healthy alternatives in fermented food is the Japanese way to do it. 

Images: Giphy, Shutterstock

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Published on Mar 02, 2018
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