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Is Japanese food healthy

 Japan sits on the throne of the leading countries in the world in terms of longevity, as the longest-lived person in the world now is the Japanese citizen .. Here is their healthy diet.



 Peoples all over the world have acquired different bodily structures under the influence of genetics from their ancestors, living habits, and the climate in which they live.


 According to the Japanese site "Nippon", Japanese food has played a big role in supporting Japan as a country with a long life expectancy, but this does not mean that anyone can live long by eating Japanese food.


 Ms. Okuda, an internist who researches medical treatment through ethnic difference, says the ideal diet changes according to your physical anatomy.





 Supports health and prolongs their life


 Japanese food is known around the world as “healthy food,” and according to estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, there were between 150 and 160,000 Japanese restaurants outside of Japan as of 2019.


 This is due to the fact that the average age of the Japanese rose steadily after World War II, and became the best in the world around 1980.


 After that, Japan came to the throne of the leading countries in the world in terms of longevity, and the longest-lived person in the world now is the Japanese citizen, and in light of carrying out many studies and surveys in an attempt to find out the secrets of the Japanese enjoyment of health and longevity, Japanese food has been the focus of attention all over  the world.





 Preserve the health of the Japanese


 The greatest strength of the Japanese is that they are less likely to have atherosclerosis, and atherosclerosis is the accumulation of unhealthy fats on the inner walls of blood vessels, which impedes blood flow, and eventually clogs those vessels, and when this happens in the blood vessels of the brain, it is  Cerebral infarction, when it occurs in the blood vessels of the heart, it is a myocardial infarction.


 Japan is characterized by the presence of very few cases of myocardial infarction, and it is one of the lowest countries in the world in terms of the rate of this occurrence in the past and the present, and there are two reasons for this, one of them is a genetic cause, and there are data indicating that the Japanese have about 10% of the beneficial cholesterol (  HDL) more than Westerners.


 The other reason is to traditionally eat a lot of fish, as unsaturated fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish reduce neutral fats, and work to reduce arteriosclerosis, and the blood of Japanese and Japanese breast milk contain a large amount  Of DHA, and its density is slightly less than six times that of the Americans, and twice that of the Chinese.




 The Japanese have been eating since ancient times fish rich in EPA and DHA in particular, such as mackerel, sardines, yellow-tailed fish and eel, because they can be caught on the Japanese coasts, and thanks to the fish, their bodies are not easily affected by atherosclerosis.


 The second strength of the Japanese is that the intestinal environment is clean. According to a study in which the intestines of people from a dozen countries around the world were examined, the Japanese had the largest number of beneficial bacteria such as Bacteria, and they had clean intestines. Surprisingly, even in the same Asia, they did not  The Chinese did not have a very clean intestinal environment, and their intestinal environment was more like the Americans than the Japanese.


 It is believed that the reason for the cleanliness of the Japanese intestine is that they eat dietary fiber well since ancient times, as dietary fiber is the food of beneficial bacteria, and expels the bad substances produced by bad bacteria from the body, and given that the intestinal environment changes slowly every few decades, it can be said that the cleanliness  The intestines of modern Japanese are thanks to the diet of the generation of grandparents and parents.





 However, the matter is a little different if we ask whether anyone can live a healthy and long life by eating Japanese food, and this is because the traditional diet around the world was originally developed to build the body and protect the health of the people who live in that place.  People around the world have acquired a different body structure under the influence of genetics, inherited living habits and the climate in which they live.

For example, let's take a look at the differences between Japanese and Westerners, as the difference between them is not only in the color of hair and eyes.  There are many differences in the body due to the difference in race, such as muscle composition, fat quality, body temperature, ability to digest food, ability to break down alcohol, amount of hormones and enzymes, stomach shape and even intestinal environment.




 Types of diet


 The main food for Japanese people is grains, starting with rice, and although grains are an excellent source of energy, they are difficult to digest due to their high fiber content.



 As a result, the Japanese stomach became longer vertically, and it collects what is eaten, digested adequately, and then sends it to the intestine, and the intestine is full of intestinal bacteria that help digest the grains, so it is possible to get good nutrition.


 In contrast, the diet of Westerners was mainly based on meat and dairy products.  That is, fats and proteins.  Fats and proteins are mainly digested in the intestine, and it is necessary to move them quickly from the stomach into the intestine.




 Therefore, the stomach of Westerners developed into a form that could send the food that was eaten using the muscles of the stomach to the intestine smoothly, after processing that food in the stomach through the secretion of a large amount of digestive juices, and the intestine secretes enough enzymes to digest fats and proteins.


 In addition, it is known that the ability of adults to digest milk also varies greatly by race, and there is a difference in the ability to digest milk according to race.  The darker the color, the greater the area there are people who have difficulty digesting milk.




 In addition, the difference in anatomy can lead to uncomfortable problems.  For example, vitamin D has the function of strengthening bones, and it can be synthesized inside the body through exposure to ultraviolet rays, not just obtaining it from food, and due to the presence of strong ultraviolet rays in Africa, Africans actively produce vitamin D in their bodies, but  Conversely, it is said that the ability to absorb vitamin D from food is not well developed for them.


 Therefore, there is a deficiency of vitamin D in African Americans who live in the United States, where UV rays are weak, and they are said to need to consume more vitamin D than other races to make up for this.  If the physical structure differs, the ideal diet will change.




 The type of fat that is easy to accumulate in the body is determined by genetics.  In fact, the Japanese in the past had virtually no visceral fat, and as evidence of this, the incidence of diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer and other diseases, which are closely related to visceral fat, was low.


 This changed between the 1960s and 1980s. With the increase in Western food, the intake of fat increased, and rice was not eaten as it was in the past, and visceral fat increased in Japanese with the decrease in dietary fiber intake. In recent years, there has been a yellow warning on Japanese health because  Lack of exercise, along with the spread of office work and cars.




 More recently, research has progressed on the difference in physical structure according to race, and in 2016, the standard genetic sequence of the Japanese was revealed, and through extensive research it was found that the traditional Japanese diet in which only a small amount of meat and dairy products containing fat is consumed.  Too much fish and soybeans, and getting a good amount of dietary fiber from grains, vegetables and seaweed, does not increase visceral fat easily.





 It enhances the physical structure


 The Japanese diet enhances the strengths of the Japanese body and protects them from weaknesses.  When people in the past found foods and ways of eating beneficial to their health, they preserved them and passed them on carefully, even if they didn't know why.


 It is recommended to eat non-peeled brown rice as a main meal, as brown rice contains seven times more nutritional fiber than white rice, and is rich in substances that help burn visceral fat, soybeans and small fish, in addition to vegetables rich in carotene that were eaten in Japan from the past.  It strengthens the bones, and it has been found that women who eat a lot of soy products such as tofu (soybean cheese) have a third of their risk of developing breast cancer compared to others.

Currently, we can enjoy foods from all over the world while in Japan.  However, we must always remember that the basis of health for the Japanese is traditional Japanese food, and I would like to continue to enjoy good health from now on as well.

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