Japanese cuisine is western-style with more balanced nutrition
There are many kinds of Japanese cooking utensils. The utensils for serving rice, miso, fish, meat and vegetables are all different, each with a set of cutlery. Decide from the start how much each person can eat.
In other countries, a large vessel is used to hold the portion to be eaten by all, and each person is divided into his own plate, and after eating, a new plate is replaced. Those who want to eat more simply change plates. This eating habit is also thought to be linked to americans and Europeans eating too much.
Japanese cuisine, also known as the “small plate function,” has the effect of inhibiting caloric intake.
Japanese cooking can continue, but few people just eat. Just eat because there is no taste, so people will add flavor to the dishes grilled in the mouth, with rice mix to eat together.
Most Japanese eat and dish interactively, so when the dish is nearly finished, the meal will also be finished. Since the portions are fixed, you don’t eat too much. Japanese people rarely put on weight, perhaps because of this dietary style influence.
In the past, there were very few dishes on the table in Japan. Everyone ate with miso soup and pickles, so it was a balanced nutrition to some extent.
After the war Japanese food was also mixed with western style, and after mixing the two, the Japanese now eat a lot of meat.
The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science organized the “International Conference on Forecasting — Outlook on Disaster Reduction and the Future of The Elderly Society” in 2016. At this international conference, scholars from all over the world gather. At that conference, I gave a presentation on the merits of Japanese cuisine.
With a population of more than 100 million, Japan regularly ranks among the world’s top three countries for longevity. Overseas people also think that Japanese cuisine is a nutritionally balanced cuisine, and everyone pays close attention to Washoku. Because rice is the staple food in Japan, it is more nutritious than wheat.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Americans eat too much fat and should pay more attention to balanced nutrition. And what came up as a reference was the Japanese diet. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants Americans to get closer to Japanese rates for all three nutrients. It can be seen that even European and American researchers are very concerned about Japanese cuisine.
It’s just that it’s hard to define What Japanese food is, because the concept of Japanese food changes over time. Taisei to Showa era is still a traditional Japanese cuisine, rice, miso soup and pickles are the basics, while dishes are mostly dried salted fish. There were more carbohydrates and salt, and less protein and fat.
Food was scarce in the immediate aftermath of The second world war, but only gradually improved. With the introduction of overseas Western cuisine, the current Japanese cuisine is also mixed with Western ingredients and cooking methods, becoming a Westernized Japanese cuisine. The addition of animal protein and fat improves the deficiencies of traditional Japanese cuisine.
In proportion to calories, the Diet of the Japanese now consists of 500 to 60 percent carbohydrates, 25 to 30 percent fats and the remaining 15 to 20 percent protein.
In my opinion, “traditional Japanese cuisine” is not the main reason for Japanese people’s longevity, but “westernized Japanese cuisine” is the main reason. I made the same point at the meeting.
In the group discussion, countries that often eat yogurt, such as Eastern Europe, put forward the idea that yogurt is a good food. Yogurt is a great food for your health, but you can’t live a long and healthy life just by eating certain foods. It is important to have an overall nutritional balance that includes all the ingredients.
In fact, countries that eat a lot of yogurt are not necessarily countries with long lives. Countries that eat a lot of yogurt may have a long life, but the average life expectancy of the entire population is not necessarily old. The “Westernized Japanese cuisine” also includes yogurt dairy products, as well as meat, fish, seaweed, vegetables, fruits and other ingredients. The characteristics of westernized Japanese cuisine are not too much, but a balanced intake of nutrients.
Fish when young, meat when old
Although the Japanese are famous for their longevity in the world, according to the epidemiological data, the oldest people are the second generation of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Second generation of Japanese in Hawaii is a little rounder than the standard Japanese.
In studying the Second Generation of Japanese in Hawaii, some researchers suggested that the Japanese would be better off adding a little more protein and fat. The idea is that the ‘westernized Japanese cuisine’ that the average Japanese eats would be better served with more meat and fat — that is, something closer to western cuisine. According to data from the second generation of Japanese, being a little fatter is a plus for a longer life.
Although there are regional differences in diet, there are also generational differences in dietary tendencies. Older people tend to eat more fish and less meat, while younger people tend to eat more fish and less meat. (
If the elderly eat a little more meat and the young eat a little more fish, the nutrition will be balanced. The ratio of fish to meat is one to one.
Higher levels of EPA and DHA in the blood are associated with better health, according to the National Center for Longevity Research. EPA and DHA are found in fish oil, which makes the blood clear. If young people eat more fish, they will be healthier.
The problem is the rising price of fish. Demand for fish is so high in emerging countries like China that Japan has to pay a lot of money to buy fish even if it imports them from abroad. Because of the high price, fewer people eat fish.