What Foods Do Japanese Eat To Have A Longer Life?

Why Japanese people live longer than in other nations? According to the World Health Organization, Japan has been ranked as No. 1 long living nation for the past 20 years. The biggest reason is because of their diet. Generally, Japanese food is known as healthy and low in fat, which brings good effects to their long-living lives. Let’s find out which Japanese foods are particularly good for our bodies! I’m going to introduce to you ten healthy foods which people commonly eat in Japan.

Some of the healthy facts about Japan

・The average of life expectancy of Japanese is 83.7 years (female 86.8 and male 80.5).

・Japan has the lowest obesity in the world, which is only 3% comparing to French 11% and America 32%.

・Japanese people consume 25% lower calories than American

10 Healthiest Food in Japan

1. Miso

Fermented soya bean paste. Miso is commonly eaten as soup. Miso soup is served with most of the Japanese dishes and one of the most significant dishes in Japan. Miso is high in protein and contains some nutrition, which is effective to lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, and boost the immune system.

2. Sashimi

Sashimi is sliced raw fish. Japan is surrounded by two great oceans, the Sea of Japan and the Pacific ocean. Thank them, and the Japanese eat lots of seafood, especially fresh. Most fish are high in protein and contains omega–3 fats and other good nutrition. What’s even better is that Sashimi is served with Wasabi, which is another super healthy ingredient that reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease.

3. Seaweed

Another great bonus from the great ocean. Seaweed is very commonly eat in Japan as fresh or dry. Fresh ones are mostly in miso soups, salads or vinegared and dry ones are used for rice balls or sushi. Seaweed is full of minerals, which is not easy to consume from other products, and it’s perfect for your hair.

4. Natto

Probably the most hated Japanese dish to most foreigners and even to many Japanese. Natto is fermented soya beans that have a powerful smell and slimy texture. Let’s put its negativity aside; Natto is a true superfood. Rich in protein, low in fat, Vitamin B and D, fiber, iron. Do you still hate it??

5. Shiitake Mushroom

The healthiest mushroom, Shiitake, is commonly eaten in Japan and also used as stocks as it has vibrant flavors. High in protein and low in fat, what’s more, it protects against cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.

6. Tofu

Soya products are widespread in Japan. Tofu is the perfect dish for those who are on diet or vegetarians. It’s high in protein, which can be substituted with meat or fish, low in fat, and contains isoflavones that help to treat the female hormone.

7. Green Tea

“Matcha” Green tea is probably the healthiest drink in Japan. Matcha contains lots of antioxidants and catechin, which help to prevent cancer, arthritis, high cholesterol, and heart disease, also good for relaxations.

8. Soba

Japanese eat lots of noodles like Ramen, Udon, etc. but if you want to go healthy, eat Soba! Soba noodle is made with buckwheat flour, which consists of higher protein, more minerals, and Vitamin B1&B2; comparing to another kind of noodles. Also, Soba contains “Rutin,” which is very effective for anti-aging and lowering blood pressure.

9. Edamame

Another Soya bean product! Edamame is fresh soya beans commonly eaten during summer in Japan. Edamame is high in protein and contains fiber, omega-3 fats, iron, zinc, vitamin C, etc. It’s a perfect healthy beer snack!

10. Konyaku

Konyaku has different colors, white, grey, yellow, and green, the most popular are white and grey. They are the jelly stuff from yam. It doesn’t have a taste but full of goodness. It is rich in minerals and high in fiber.

So these are some of the secrets why Japanese people eat healthily and live long. If you are into health consciousness, you must try these!

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My name is Lynn; I am a nutritionist, a devoted housewife, and a mother of two smart and amiable daughters.
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  1. Hi Lyn, great article and now I am feeling very hungry!!

    Would most of this food be available in the UK do you think as I would be interested in trying some.

  2. Hi, Lyn,

    Interesting article. I knew most of the foods you mention above, although I haven’t tried them all. I can see why Japanese people live longer on average than other people from the world. We need to eat healthier. This is something we can learn from Japan. Thanks for sharing.

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