Topic: Japanese Diet: The healthiest diet in the world? What about mercury?
June 16, 2019 / By Claramay Question:
I read that the Japanese diet is the healthiest diet in the world and eat the majority of the world's fish. I'm curious. The safe limit for tuna is supposed to be two cans of tuna.
What is a traditional (not modern) Japanese meal like - besides squid which I don't want.
Basemath | 8 days ago
There is no "healthiest diet in the world".
If you actually take a look at what consists of "The Peasant Diet", "The Greek Diet", "The Mediterranean Diet", "The Japanese Diet", etc, you'd notice they all have the same elements in common:
* LOTS of vegetables - FRESH vegetables, or at least, minimal preparation.
* FRESH fruit, as opposed to frozen, canned, or shoved in a smoothie.
* SOME fat, but VERY LITTLE saturated fat.
* Very little meat overall - mostly seafood, or chicken, very little pork or red meat.
* VERY LITTLE sugar/sweets
There is nothing special about this diet. Heck your grandmother or great-grandmother ate this way during the first half of the 20th century, but not because she was trying to keep her weight down. Back then, meat was expensive, so you didn't use it very much. When you did, you added it to other ingredients to stretch it out. That's why soups, stews, sausages, meatballs/meatloaf type dishes were so popular. Vegetables, on the other hand, were cheap. In addition, many people had a small garden in their backyard to help keep their costs down. It was common to trade with your neighbors, too. My grandpa could always get large bags of freshly picked corn or green beans for a basketful of his garden fresh tomatoes. Meanwhile, things like sugar were very expensive. So for most people, even having a cookie was considered a rare treat. Finally, most homes didn't have refrigerators, much less freezers. This forced people to cook fresh food everyday as opposed to relying on the chemical-laden frozen meals we pop in our microwaves every day. Freshly prepared food takes more effort but is also healthier for you since the average home cook isn't going to add things like artificial colors, car wax, or rocket fuel to his food. Freshly cooked food also doesn't require as much salt either.
The other element that all these "diets" fail to take into account is that people back then were a lot more active than now. Again, even looking back to my grandmother's childhood back during the early 20th century, kids walked or rode bikes everywhere. Even when they took the bus, they still had to walk to and from the bus stop.
The traditional Japanese diet would look something like this:
* Bowl of rice
* Freshly grilled fish (they'd eat the bones too - that's how they got calcium)
* Bowl of miso soup with chunks of tofu and nori (seaweed) in it
* Freshly pickled vegetables (daikon, onion, whatever)
* Bowl of rice
* Cold cooked fish or (cooked) meat
* some steamed veggies or pickles
* Bowl of ramen
* Bowl of rice
* Fish or meat dish
* Pickles or steamed veggies
Sometimes they'd make nabemono which is a type of stew (the word refers to the pot they use, not the food itself) If you've had Sukiyaki or Shabu-Shabu, they are a type of nabemono.
They also use copious amounts of soy sauce - but never directly on the rice.
"But wait a minute!" you're thinking, "Isn't white rice bad for you? And soy sauce has more sodium than salt! How is this healthy!?!?" Yeah...refer to my previous paragraphs about active ancestors.
I agree with PoohBear but wanted to add it's not just Japan but even more specific than that. Within Japan, Okinawans live the longest so it was trendy to follow the Okinawa Diet in America, etc. Okinawans don't eat much fish. They eat lots of pork. I read before that Okinawans also eat the most soy out of all Japanese.
If you want to be healthy, I would just focus on whole plant foods that are in season and local. You already know what's bad for you, if it's junk food or fried or processed or comes wrapped in plastic or in a box etc. Just try to imagine what people ate before frozen foods and drive throughs and sugar was added to everything.
With IQs among the highest in the world, there is no evidence that mercury in the Japanese diet has any adverse affect on its children or adults. Furthermore, Japanese women's mortality from breast cancer is only 10% of their American counterparts. This advantage disappears completely when Japanese women emigrate to the US and eat a typical western diet. The healthiest diet in the world is readily available here in the US with our choice of organic grains, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood.
Yes we are the longest living in the world, but in general it has to do with whole foods. Japan is a culinary world of whole foods. Fish is fish, rice is rice, goya is goya. However, in America ketch-up is tomato, french fries are potatoes. And that's not exactly nutrients in my book. Get it?
Originally Answered: Which is healthiest: A normal diet, a vegetarian diet or a vegan diet?
A vegan diet is absolutley the healthiest. BTW that's a Normal diet.
It is NOT normal to eat meat. Even an omnivore diet is opportunistic at best.
If you're a vegetarian you can't eat meat- and fish is a meat ( well, that' what it is if you eat it, otherwise it's not meat its an animal)
No vegetarian eats meat- all animals are not to be eaten.
Vegan is the best diet- it doesn't have any of the animal by products that are so unhealthy for a human body, which was never ever designed to ingest them. We're just not designed to eat the fatty substances from the inside of a mammals breast. It's a fatty, waxy residue, which nature formed to give the young of that species enough calcium to grow teeth. When they're formed, the fatty, waxy calcium susbstance stops being made. Some other species- the "human" species, come to scrap this fatty waxy substance out of the breast of that mammal too, and then eat it.
They get intolerance from it- it gives them some items inside that fatty waxy substance which makes them a bit sick- it contains cholesterol, ( the fat from that mammal) and that is poisonous to a human body, it also contains high levels of fat which the human doesn't need.
Also, the fatty waxy substance is purely an oil to create enamel- one of the hardest substances made in the body of a mammal- and it has very acidic properties to make that enamel- these acids, are often toxic, even mildly, to a human body. They contain sugars which are alien to the human body.
Humans themselves can make use of their OWN species fatty waxy substance from the breast of their kind, and this is only a very short period of time when they need to form enamel ( the enamel is needed as a slicer and grinder of plant matter).
So, ingesting the acidic waxy fat from another animal species is an alien and unnatural concept, and has quite a lot of health effects in a human body, none of which are beneficial.
It aslo creates acids in the human body, to keep ingesting this toxic substance- and the human body does not like acid formation. It is one reason for organ erosion- acids in the body do basically that- they erode and wear the body dow
, as if the internal parts are being bathed in a mild acid solution.
All fatty waxy substances from a non human species, which a human ingests, for reasons of greed, misinformation, uniformed choices with that brain they have, result in gentle disease of the human condition.
Meat, flesh, blood, wax, fatty tissues and fatty coagulated substances ingested from another mammal are not a natural or beneficial thing for a human to eat and should be avoided as far as is possible.
THese items are used by a lot of humans even though they know they're not good/ Humans do a lot of things not good for their bodies which seems a shame.
The foods that are available from the earth make a human body GLOW with health, and filled with packed nutrients NOT containing the waxy fatty build up in mammal bodies. SO one could ingest larger portions of that plant based smorgasbord of multicoloured food and actually exist with more energy- the human body has a TON of energy without even trying, once you ingest the properly given foods from the ergonomic bounty of the plant world, the human brain works as it should, feels as it should, and moves as it should.
Vegan . ( stay away from mammal bodies)