There is no secret that making healthy food choices contributes to a longer life expectancy. But the women of Japan have the highest life expectancy in the world, with an average of 87 years. What is their secret then?
Well, we’ve uncovered five healthy food hacks straight out of Japan:
Green tea has certain bioactive compounds that improve your health. It can also help protect against UV rays. Which is essential here in our sun-soaked Australia. Swap your morning coffee now and then for traditional Japanese green tea.
Soy foods are naturally high in omega 3 fats. While these can also be found in fish oil; soy is another natural source. Omega-3 helps with anxiety and depression, and can promote brain health during pregnancy and early life.
Many Japanese believe in starting your meal with a bowl of soup, as it softens the inside of your stomach, making digestion easier. Miso Soup has lots of preservable nutrition, and retains richness in taste.
Eating fermented foods increases your gut health and digestive system, giving you stronger immunity. Fermented foods are also great for sustaining a healthy weight.
Finishing the list, we have an all-time favourite. Not only in Japan but across the world. Sushi is high in omega-3 fats, giving you a metabolism boost and is believed to help prevent some cancers.
There is no doubt that the Japanese are doing something right to have such high life expectancy. Why not try some of these tricks and see what health benefits come your way!
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