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Looking for Better Health? Try the Japanese Diet

By Paul Rothbart

Sushi bars and Japanese restaurants have popped up all over the place in the U.S. over the last decade or so. They've been around for a lot longer than that in major cities, but now, even the smaller communities seem to have at least one Japanese restaurant. It makes sense as Japanese food is delicious. Naturally, a nation that consists of several islands has fish as a main staple. As with most Asian cuisines, rice is also a staple. The people of Japan are among the healthiest on the planet. Their eating habits are a big reason why. The Japanese diet has many health benefits.

It's Loaded With Nutrition

With its emphasis on vegetables, seaweed, and fish Japanese cuisine is high in vitamins, minerals, and healthy compounds. It contains plenty of fiber as well as Vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. The fish content provides healthy omega-3 fatty acids and the seaweed and green tea are rich in antioxidants. Japanese meals also tend to be low in calories.

It Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

In addition to being low in calories and loaded with vegetables, Japanese food is usually served in small portions. Eating until only about 80 percent full is a goal in Japanese culture. Combined with regular exercise, a Japanese diet can help create the calorie deficit needed to lose weight. The vegetables in Japanese food are high in fiber and along with the soups and soy can help you feel full and reduce the hunger pangs that can send weight loss off the rails.

It Can Reduce the Risk of Chronic Diseases

Japanese meals are low in fat and added sugar. These are good factors for heart health and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Moreover, the antioxidants in the seaweed and green tea fight free radicals in the body that can damage cells and lead to many diseases including cancer. Research involving 33 men over a 6-week period of eating a Japanese diet found that 91 percent of the subjects lost weight and improved cholesterol, both of which are factors in the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Japanese food is delicious and fills you up without making you feel stuffed and uncomfortable. It's also one of the healthiest types of cuisine there is. Give it a try and find out why the Japanese are among the most healthy people in the world.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bloomingdale, Ill.

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