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4 Japanese Healthy Eating Rules for Health and Longevity

In addition to technological advances and rapid innovation, Japanese people are also famous for a healthy diet. No wonder, if many Japanese people have a slim body, youthful face, and live long. The average age of the Japanese population reaches 88 years for women and 81 years for men, it could even be more than that age. So, what are the Japanese eating rules that make them healthy and live a long life? It is compiled from Savvy Tokyo, here are some Japanese eating rules!

  • Implementing the ‘Hara Hachi Bu’ Diet

Hara Hachi Bu is an eating philosophy originating from Okinawa, Japan. Hara Hachi Bu means eating until 80 percent full and leaving 20 percent empty area in the stomach. The benefits of Hara Hachi Bu can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The recommended type of food is low in calories and can be chewed finely.

  • Avoid Fast Food

After doing activities or coming home from work at night, the body’s energy becomes saturated and requires food intake. Before eating it, please consider whether the food is good to eat at night. Avoid consumption of fast food that contains a lot of fat, sugar, and preservatives. As much as possible cook yourself or provide nutritious food before leaving for work or activities.

  • Food Variety is Key

Traditional Japanese food is usually made on the principle of ichijyu sansai or one soup with three dishes of vegetables, rice, and fish. This is to balance a good diet and become one of the keys to a healthy Japanese diet. Fermented foods such as miso and soy sauce, are good for helping maintain the digestive system. In addition, dashi (soup broth) which is rich in taste is also useful for keeping salt levels as high as possible.

  • Eat a Balanced Nutritious Food

Food information for diet is very easy to find on various platforms. In Japan, bananas, natto, umeboshi (pickled plums), tofu, green tea and other foods are also believed to provide instant diet results. Only consuming these foods, the effect is very small if it is not followed by balanced nutritious foods, positive mindset patterns, and exercise.

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Lailatul Rifah
English Lecturer | BINUS Malang
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