DO the Japanese Have The Longest Lifespan?
by: Peter McGarry
A recent statistic in the World Bank Group states
that the Japanese have the longest lifespan
in the world. Japanese men live be 78
years old on average while the average lifespan
of a Japanese woman is 85. How do the Japanese
After personally experiencing the Japanese lifestyle
in Tokyo for five years, I learned a little about
why Japanese people live so long and will share
a few of their secrets. This month will feature
Part 1: It’s All in the Food. Part 2: Live
the Lifestyle will appear in the April edition
of eNews at www.magneticrevolution.com
Part 1: It’s All in the Food
The Japanese diet does not center on delicacies
eaten solely for taste. In fact, most dishes are
consumed based on the health benefits people gain
from them. Conscious decisions are based on ‘What
would be good for me?’ as opposed to ‘What
do I feel like eating?’ This leads one to
contemplate what is the diet for the average Japanese
person and what are their secrets?
Secret #1: Eating fish instead
of red meat lowers the risk of heart attacks.
For a source of protein, fish is a common staple
in most meals. Red meat is significantly more
expensive and less frequently consumed. Fish is
healthier and the fresher it is the better. Keep
in mind that not all fish in Japan is consumed
raw, there are many ways that fish is prepared
(grilled, baked, fried, poached, etc) and served.
Furthermore, Japanese women believe that the skin
on fish helps bring out the natural beauty of
their skin and improves their complexion.
Secret #2: Soy products help reduce heart
disease and high blood pressure and are a great
source of protein.
Tofu and soy products are also staples in the
Japanese diet. Considering that saturated fats
from meat and dairy products increase cholesterol,
it is encouraging to know that foods derived from
plants such as soy actually have the opposite
effect. Soybeans provide adequate protein without
the saturated fat and cholesterol of meats and
high-fat dairy. Soy sauce, tofu, and natto (soy
beans mixed with raw egg served over rice) are
a few examples of soy products consumed daily.
Secret #3: Wheat and buckwheat flour
helps in the digestive process.
The consumption of starches is at a minimum and
usually contains no white flour. Japanese noodles
are made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour.
Both are significantly healthier than enriched
white flour. Rice is a staple in the diet but
consists of a small bowl at meals. The significance
is to cleanse the mouth when changing dishes.
Rice will remove the flavor in one’s mouth
much like cheese and crackers when sampling wines.
Secret #4: Smaller portions reduce the
opportunity for excessive eating.
Traditional Japanese meals are about half the
regular portion of western dishes. Even though
most dishes are viewed as healthy, portions are
still relatively small.
Secret #5: Oolong tea counter balances
some of the effects unhealthy food has on the
Finally, the consumption of Japanese green tea
or Chinese oolong tea, served hot or cold, has
numerous health benefits. Tea has half the caffeine
of coffee. Oolong tea, in particular, helps to
break up oil in the digestive system and is usually
consumed at mealtime, particularly when fried
or breaded foods are being served.
These five secrets help to explain why the Japanese
are so healthy and have the longest life expectancy.
Part 2: Live the Lifestyle will appear in next
month’s edition of eNews at www.magneticrevolution.com,
and will describe daily life habits in Japan.
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Here’s to your health!
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