Healthy Japanese. While there may be some strong similarities between North American and Japanese eating habits, there are also huge differences in daily diet between Japan and North America, particularly with regard to salt consumption. Japanese rarely eat too much salt, yet Americans can be found almost never on a diet that doesn’t include it. Japanese also have a low-fat, low-calorie diet and avoids salt as far as possible, while Americans seem to be almost salt junkies. Is there any correlation between these two?
Japanese Quality of Life
Well, the good news is that while both Japanese people and North Americans live longer than most of the developed world, there is a big difference between the two in terms of “quality of life”. In particular, it seems that Japanese people live longer lives when it comes to “quality of death” (or, quality of life), which compares well to most of the developed world. Japan’s life expectancy is around 80 years, versus an average of seventy for men and eight for women. On the other hand, life expectancy for Americans is well below the average of seventy.
The reason for this discrepancy could simply be the different types of food that each of these countries serves. Americans tend to eat a lot of fast food, whereas in Japan they prefer to have more home-cooked meals. In fact, the Japanese refer to cooking as kamaboko, which means, “dishwasher”. If you compare the two, it’s not hard to see how the tempura shrimp from Japan would be a welcome addition to an American diet.
Things to Know About Healthy Japanese
The third thing that Americans should know about healthy Japanese is that Kanazawa (toro-sushi) and nigiri (figure or mochi) is much healthier versions of most sushi rolls. Nigiri is made with pickled ginger and wasabi, whereas Kanazawa is made with fish, tuna, and vegetables. Tofu is also popular in Japan, and so are tofu milk cups. As Americans, we are used to thinking of strawberry milkshakes, and while these may be delicious, we should try to stay away from the giant cups of sugar-free yogurt that they sell. They might taste good, but there is nothing healthy about them.
The fourth thing that Americans need to know about healthy Japanese is that teriyaki chicken is very common in Japan. I don’t know why Americans never heard of it before. Teriyaki chicken is marinated in soy sauce, grilled, and served with its own vinegar. Americans usually get a bottle of sake and a packet of mayo, which is never a good substitute for authentic teriyaki chicken. In conclusion, I have given you four things that Americans need to know about healthy Japanese. Try some of these ideas, and enjoy a meal at your favorite sushi place. If you do this, I am sure you will enjoy it even more than you normally do.