Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

Why are people so healthy in Japan?When it comes to health, weight is not everything, but since being overweight or obese has many health complications, it is safe to say that Japan's weight is higher than that of the United States.  Is generally healthier than  30.  Japan is not perfect, it has included itself in the top 50 list of cancer rates in 2012, but it is at the bottom of the list at # 48, while the United States is at # 6.  I am competing with Japan against the United States only because these are the two countries in which I live.  Last time, I argued that easy access to reasonably healthy food in Japan helps people lose weight.  But what else plays a role in health?  In my last video, a lot of comments pointed out that you walk everywhere in Tokyo, which is true and should help people stay lean.  Also, walking while eating is usually unhealthy, so walking more means less snacking.  Public transport is impressively easy and reliable.  If you're traveling around Tokyo, your destination is almost always a 20-minute drive from the area's train, subway or bus station.

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Organized public transportation

However, this is only Tokyo.  With a highly organized public transport, a large part of Japan's population has a surprisingly low rate of car ownership in Japan.  Interestingly, the average body mass index does not change very quickly for a prefecture, and high car ownership is not particularly consistent with a high body mass index.  That said, more walking definitely helps people stay lean and healthy, but it's just a piece of a bigger puzzle.  Next, the portion sizes in Japan are definitely smaller.  Looks like some special lunch here.  When I first came to live in Japan in 2010, I remember always being a little disappointed with the size of the food.  Of course bigger portions and even you can eat everywhere are available, but since food here is more expensive, I just had to get in the habit of eating less.

Spend on food

In 2014, people spent an average of 13.5% of their income on food, more than double what people spend in the United States.  In 2013, the United States consumed 3,682 calories per day, but in Japan it was only 2,726 calories.  So Japanese people usually spend more on less calories.  However, the calories in soda, which is cheaper than sugar, is probably a factor here because Americans consumed 5 times more soda in 2011 than in Japan.  Next, the type of food here is definitely different.  You may have noticed in the clips that I just showed that everything comes with rice.  The Japanese diet cannot be underestimated in any way, but while Japan and the United States consume the same amount of wheat and rice as two grains of wheat, Japan eats half as much wheat as the United States.  Cutting wheat or gluten is generally suspected to be just an extinction, but wheat, not rice, is found in wheat, which has some individual characteristics.  For example, a 2012 Brazilian rat study found that adding only 4.5% wheat gluten to the diet increased body fat, inflammation, and insulin resistance.  Work by Dr. Alecio Fasano and his team has shown that the stimulation of a protein called zonivin, the glyadine protein of gluten, opens the spaces between epithelial cells in your gut.  This allows gliadin fragments to enter the bloodstream through the intestines, causing an immune response and inflammation.

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Reactions to gluten

 However, because the reaction to glutenvaries from person to person and the science is relatively complex, it is difficult to say whether wheat is worse than rice or how much more wheat there is.  This is followed by regular consumption of fermented food in Japan.  The first person to propose this theory, the 1908 Nobel Prize-winning Medicine winner, Ali Methenkoff, described lactic acid bacteria as beneficial to human health.  "Oral administration of yeast bacterial cultures will inject beneficial bacteria into the intestinal tract," he suggested.


Research on Gut Microbiome

As research on gut microbiomeprogresses, the health effects of some gut microbes and bacteria are becoming clearer.  A woman receiving a microbial transplant from one overweight woman to another has become obese, and it has been found that transferring microbes from a confident mouse to a disturbed mouse makes the disturbed mouse more confident.  It is estimated that your gut alone contains 500 to 1000 species of bacteria, and it is important to take care of the exact species of these bacteria.  Research has even shown that some germs produce some neurotransmitters.  And, fermented foods should support the germs we want.

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Part of the Japanese diet

Fermented foods have long been part of the Japanese diet There are nuts, soy sauce, lentils, fried fish and soybeans which are pickled vegetables.  A traditionally fermented food from Korea, Kimyachi, is also widely available in Japan.  Such fermented foods are easy to find in supermarkets, and it's common to find a portion of Japanese pickles with your food.  The next point is balanced meat consumption.  In 2017, per capita meat consumption in the United States was 98.4 kg, compared to 51.4 kg per capita in Japan.  Americans ate only 7 kg of seafood in 2015, while Japanese people ate 27.3 kg of fish and fish products in 2014.  If the meat was antibiotic-free grass-fed meat for everyone, eating more meat would not be a bad thing, but in any case we can agree that a large amount of fish is generally good for you.  ۔  And I don't think you'd be surprised to hear that it's really easy to get fish wherever you are in Japan.  But there is another kind of balance that can be a factor.  It is muscle meat in proportion to muscle meat.  Organ meat is not usually a big part of the American diet.

Eating organ meat

During World War II, people were encouraged to eat organ meatas part of food rationing efforts.  In a 1943 issue of Time Magazine, such articles sold organ meat as highly nutritious and explained how to cook it.  The effort has had some success in changing people's perceptions of organ meat, but its effects have not lasted longer than the war.  This is unfortunate because, as Time Magazine issues, muscle meat contains certain vitamins that are not muscle meat.  And, glycine, an amino acid found in skin, cartilage and connective tissue, has many important health benefits.

Ban on an amino acid found in meat

This study found that you can achieve a 30% increase in the age of mice by restricting sweetener, an amino acid found in muscle meat, or you can increase the lifespan by increasing glycine by 30%.  Glycine supplementation lowers fasting blood sugar, fasting insulin and even triglycerides.  So it seems that the potential negative effects of eating too much muscle meat can only be counteracted by the use of more and more things like skin, cartilage, connective tissue, and bone broth.  Now in the United States you can definitely find organ meat in some supermarkets, but in my 20 years in the United States, organ meat was hardly on the menu, although chicken skin is so easy to find.  In Japan, organ meat is not eaten every day, but it is more common.  You can specialize in organ meats at supermarkets, or at barbecue sites, and at hormone or yaki sites.  Pork is a big part of Okinawan food and they don't waste much of the animal food. Another thing is the use of green tea.

Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties

Green tea has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer effects, as well as blood sugar lowering effects, thanks to the catechins in it.  Although, I'm betting green tea is not new to you.  When I lived in the states, the reason I didn't get into the habit of drinking it was because I had to buy it at the supermarket and then come home and make it.  Here, sometimes in any restaurant, it is served for free, and you can always buy it from one of the most popular vending machines in the country.

An even bigger benefit is drinking regular green tea and other teas

What could be more beneficial than drinking green tea and other teas regularly is that it prevents people from drinking sugar sodas.  Here, I rarely see people here drinking soda with food, but I see people drinking tea all the time.  One last point is that food is being served to young children.  In Japan, school meals are arranged by a nutritionist, cooked with mostly local ingredients from scratch, then served by students in the classroom, and the etiquette is taught by the teacher.  Only milk is allowed so students cannot drink juice or other sweet drinks.  The food isn't always perfect, but it's much better than what I remember getting from the cafeteria in the state grade school.  There are many more things about Japan that I haven't mentioned here, some of which are expected to be big health commitments such as consumption of processed foods, sugar and processed corn, seeds and soybean oil.  ۔  In short, it seems that people in Japan eat a lot of food instead of food.  Japan's food culture has contributed to the improvement of health here, and I expect that much can be learned from looking at the food environment of other countries.

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