Ever wondered why the Japanese people are generally so slim? Well, you are not alone. But research has shown that it has something to do with the unique Japanese food culture.
In OECD Health Statistic 2018, Japan is cited as having the lowest rate of obesity of 4.2 per cent among 37 member countries. One of the main attributing factors is their traditional dietary habits. If you are looking for natural ways to improve your body's fitness and overall health, here are some Japanese eating habits that you can adapt to stay fit.
Challenge yourself with a varied diet
Don't stick to just instant noodles, bubble tea and fried chicken. Turn up the variety and try to include as many types of foods as you possibly can. Around 30 different types of food would be a good gauge, according to the teachings of “Shokuiku”, which is a food and nutrition educational philosophy that is inculcated in the minds of the Japanese people since their younger years.
And how do they incorporate so many food groups into a day’s meals? Small portions of everything! Just take a look at what Japanese mothers prepare in a typical Japanese bento lunch box. There is a bit of everything, from meat and egg omelette to vegetables and even fruits.
Traditional Japanese cuisine focuses on enhancing the natural flavours of the ingredients through simple methods of cooking. However, this is not to say that they do not enjoy fried food. Step into Japan’s many Konbinis (convenience stores) and food streets and you would be inundated by fried food galore. The key here is consuming a balanced diet that consists of a greater variety of ingredients across different food groups. This healthy distribution of nutritional properties means that you can indulge in a little deep-fried goodness from time to time.