The Japanese diet that improves the quality of life and helps you live longer

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The Japanese, precisely those born in Okinawanthey have the longest-lived population in the world: they manage to live up to it 116 years old. The secret, among other good habits they have, lies in their diet, based on a series of proteins, carbohydrates and fibers.

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The appearance of its inhabitants is thin, youthful and with a lot of vitality. Several scientists became interested in this island and its inhabitants. THE Dr. Verónica Azcoitia Martínclinical nutrition specialist from Madrid, explained the details necessary to maintain an optimal food routine.

What do Okinawans eat?

This diet, adopted by the indigenous people of the Ryukyu Islands (Japan), is based on eating fruits and vegetables, with a lower percentage of rice, buckwheat, seaweed, soy and legumes, plus a great source of protein derived from fish. They consume little dairy products and eggs.

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Does fish improve health?

Fish helps to lose weight since it is less caloric than meat, although in the case of fatty fish such as sardines, tuna or salmon, they have more fat than white fish, such as hake. However, both are still more convenient than meat, due to their lower fat content.

Oily fish, one of the foods with the highest vitamin D content.

Oily fish, one of the foods with the highest vitamin D content.

Is it necessary to eat seaweed?

These marine plants are recognized as a “superfood”as they provide great properties by consuming small quantities.

Indeed, they present nutrients such as vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, iron, iodine, sodium and fiber. Furthermore, it has a high calcium content, even much more than milk.

Seaweed is rich in iodine, a mineral needed for thyroid function. It also helps stabilize blood sugar, thus allowing you to maintain weight.

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