It is no secret that your health is majorly linked to the food you eat. The healthier your food, healthier you will be. Over the years, the Japanese diet has been considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. With their unique way of cooking and prepping their food, they taste light and good too.

One would wonder, what exactly is in the Japanese diet that makes it so healthy? Well, it is not only the diet they take but also their general outlook towards food; for example, eating what is good for you as compared to eating what tastes good and even when they indulge in junk food like ice cream or pudding, the portion is small.

The following will give you a clear understanding of the Japanese food, way of cooking and their benefits.

  • Fish – The most integral part of Japanese food is fish. Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which is heart and brain healthy.
  • Soy – Soy products such as tofu are a regular part of the Japanese diet too. They are rich in protein and can be taken as an alternative to dairy products. They are efficient in lowering blood pressure and reducing heart diseases.
  • Rice – Rice is a staple food in Japan and is included in breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rice is rich in carbohydrates. A small amount of rice can be filling leaving you with less appetite for fatty foods.

  • Vegetables – vegetables too are an important part of the Japanese meal. They use vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower which are high in fibre and vitamin C. Since their cooking method involves mainly steaming and light frying, the maximum amount of nutrients is retained in the vegetables.
  • Healthy noodles, teas and desserts – Japanese noodles are made from wheat and buck wheat which helps in digestion and contains no white flour. Japanese green tea has numerous health benefits like boosting the immune system lowering blood sugar, regulating blood pressure, slowing the aging process and so on. Japanese desserts consist mainly of fruits. Even if they serve western desserts like ice-cream, pudding and cake, they are in small portions.
  • Small portions – Japanese food servings are in smaller portions, thus, leaving no room for over-eating.

If you happen to be living in Colorado, US, and are looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant, you might consider going to the Matsuhisa in Vail, CO. For reservations and more information, you can visit their website

You can bring in a positive change, in your life in terms of food habits too, by imbibing the Japanese way of eating and reducing processed foods and red meat for a healthier life.

Elsa Layne