Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Food Around the World Part #4; Japanese:

The traditional Japanese diet is rich in cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables. Also, in preparation they are not deep fried or cooked in fatty animal by-products, instead they are lightly steamed or stir-fried.

Furthermore, the Japanese culture focuses on eating until 80% full not 100%. Eating this way is much easier on the digestive system and allows them to easily function without those uncomfortable stuffed feelings.

Traditional Japanese foods are rich in antioxidants (yams and green tea), cruciferous and calcium veggies (bok choy), iodine (seaweed..which is also great for the thyroid), omega-3 (seafood), iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and folate (shiitake mushrooms), and whole soy foods.

A great healthy choice for your next Japanese outing is Miso soup or a simple veggie and tofu stir fry. Be sure to avoid white rice (which spikes blood sugar) and instead choose brown rice (rich in fat burning Resistant Starch).

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