Japan has the largest percentage of people who live to be more than 100 years old. This is believed to be mainly due to their diet and other healthy lifestyle choices. Packed with nutrition and low in cholesterol, the Japanese diet emphasizes healthy eating habits. Westfield senior care professionals take a look at various healthy aspects of the Japanese diet.
1. More Lean Protein Sources
While seniors must consume protein every day to keep their cells healthy and maintain their energy levels, many different types of meat can be unhealthy when consumed regularly. The World Health Organization has announced red meat and processed meat products can increase the risk of gout, obesity, and various forms of cancer. In the Japanese diet, lean protein sources such as fresh fish and tofu have large amounts of protein with none of those common drawbacks.
2. Enhanced Cognitive Function from Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Seniors who do not eat seafood multiple times a week must often take an omega-3 fatty acids supplement. This particular combination of acids can help with a wide variety of age-related medical complications, including joint inflammation, general cognitive decline, low energy levels, and dementia. The average Japanese citizen consumes over 150 pounds of seafood per year, and most of that fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Low Obesity Rates
Obesity rates are extremely low in Japan, and one of the reasons for this is because their diet contains very few carbohydrates. While they do eat white rice with almost every meal, it is generally a very small portion when compared to their protein sources and vegetables. Even those who are not interested in sticking to a traditional Japanese diet should consider eating fewer starches such as potatoes, corn, and bread.
4. Cholesterol Control with Green Tea
Even though coffee is relatively harmless in smaller doses, it has very few health benefits. Green tea, on the other hand, can increase brain function, boost the baseline metabolic rate, lower the risk of various forms of cancer, and enhance cholesterol levels. It also has significantly less caffeine than coffee, which means the average healthy adult can drink six or seven cups per day with no negative side effects.
5. A Daily Dose of Superfoods
Many Japanese seniors remain extremely healthy because a large percentage of their favorite foods are nutrient-dense. These superfoods have an incredible amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants without any processed sugars or additives. Some of the most common superfoods in the Japanese diet include seaweed, tofu, tuna, natto, and miso beans.
To learn more about the Japanese diet, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. In addition to assisting with a wide variety of tasks, our experienced caregivers can help your loved one shop for healthy ingredients and prepare healthy meals that incorporate these aspects of the Japanese diet. In addition to our respite and 24-hour care services, our caregivers also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia home care. Westfield, NJ, families can speak to a qualified Care Manager at 908.450.9400 for more information on the types of care we offer and to schedule a no-obligation consultation.