Saving and Prolonging Life: Japan’s Dietary Guidelines
It has been reported in the British Medical Journal about a study on the Japanese famed longevity is owed to the dietary guidelines set in 2000 which may be associated to a 15% reduction in mortality rate. The mass population study reviewed the eating habits of 36,000 men and 42,000 women, aged between 45 and 75 years, over a course of 15 years. It was found that those who abided by the guidelines decreased their chances of dying compared to the group that did not adhere. Also, there was a noted reduction in incidence of severe stroke in the abiding group.
The study showed that contributing to the Japanese population’s longevity by decreasing the risk of death particularly from cardiovascular disease is the balanced consumption of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, soy products, confectionery and alcoholic drinks.
This diet reflects the longevity enjoyed by Japanese men averaging 80 years life expectancy, while the women live as long as 87 years on the average. The exclusion criterion for those involved in the study is no history of cancer, stroke, heart disease or chronic liver disease.
So what are Japan’s dietary guidelines? Developed by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 2000, the guidelines were structured into a pyramid – grain-based dishes like rice, bread, noodles and pasta at the top, the middle holds vegetable based dishes, and then fish, eggs and meat dishes, the bottom includes fruits and dairy.
Serving sizes should be small, vegetables are 70 grams per serving, regular water and tea drinking, snacks in moderation, and physical activity important – are additional recommendations.
Indeed, the Japanese can be regarded as a model for healthy eating habits. And it’s not because of some genetic predisposition either. While the West are prone to major illnesses like CV disease, diabetes and some cancers, it is more by choice – a matter of culture and not biology, the study said.
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