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How and What Japanese Eat to Maintain Youth

So what on earth do the Japanese people do to maintain their youthful looks? Food selection and eating habits are the basic know-hows, especially for ladies. Most Japanese ladies possess a timeless beauty with a fit body shape and fair complexion by the age of 40. They get this not only because of what they eat but also how they eat.

What Japanese Eat

Seaweed

Plate of wakame seaweed with slices of radish
Wakame seaweed. Photo credit: Loozrboy via Flickr

Seaweed is a main type of food in Japanese people's meals. Seaweed is a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals consisting of vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene, etc. These vitamins play anti-aging roles and are good for the blood. Therefore, a bowl of seaweed, an awesome source of vitamins is a indispensable thing in a casual meal in a Japanese household.

Fish

Hokke fish on miniature charcoal stove
Photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito via Flickr

Eating fish is a stress point in Japanese cuisine, especially Japanese ladies. Fish is a good dish for ladies because it's a great source of omega-3 which can effectively slow the progress of aging. If you would like to maintain your youth, you should frequently eat salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, etc. These good types of food help not only to maintain youth but also to prevent heart disease and breast cancer.

Additionally, this type of food is rich in astaxanthin, a kind of anti-aging element which is much more effective than vitamins E or C, which are said to be good for health and beauty care. Eating them every day can protect the skin from freckles, melisma and wrinkles. The skin gets softer, smoother and more elastic.

Soy Beans

Bowl of edamame sprinkled with salt
Edamame soy beans. Photo credit: viviandnguyen_ via Flickr

One of Japan's most important daily meals. Japanese people frequently eat soy beans because they understand its nutritional value. It's a wonderful protein source, providing the body with a lot of energy. Soy beans are a type of food which can help to balance hormones in the body. Therefore, to eat meat substitute made from soy beans deserves more respect than it usually gets. You can also indulge in some other delicious soybean recipes such as tofu, miso soup, edamame, natto (fermented soy beans), etc.

Lots of Vegetables

Pot of cooked vegetables covered in a sauce
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Eating vegetables is also a rule in Japanese people's meals. They eat a lot of vegetables fried, raw, pickled or grilled. Most of these are mixed with miso soup or rice. Of course vegetables contain many vitamins and fibers that are good for digestion and help to get rid of toxins in your body. Japanese cuisine has many delicious meals with vegetables in them, so next time you try Japanese food, you may want extra veggies with that.

Green Tea

Mug of matcha latte
Matcha latte. Photo credit: NuCastiel via Flickr

Green tea is a very popular drink to go with any meal in Japanese cuisine. Besides green tea powder—matcha—used in tea ceremonies, there are many types of instant green tea widely sold in supermarkets. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which strengthens the body by discarding toxins, extra fat and can even make your breath fresher. With the habit of drinking green tea, Japanese people not only stay healthy, but also avoid many diseases and is one of the main reasons they age slower.

How Japanese Eat

Quality, Not Quantity

The average Japanese's dish proportion is much less than the ones in the U.S. Even though the dish is very delicious Japanese people just eat enough to meet the need of the body. Also, Japanese people like to use seasonal food to cook dishes so that the meals are always delicious and nutritious. Due to the eating-less habit, Japanese people often prefer to eat more fish and less red meat. Also, they like to eat their food raw or cook it by boiling or steaming in order to keep the original taste and vitamins as well as help the body absorb less fat.

Eat Slowly

Japanese people think that eating slowly helps them not only fully enjoy the taste with their family but also better digest the food, lowering the work of the stomach. Eating slowly also helps them balance the consumed food or avoid eating too much. Eating slowly and digesting well are ways Japanese people follow to get healthy and maintain the youth.

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