A Double Pounder or Sushi?
On average, 34 percent of Americans are obese and only 3 percent of Japanese. The key is in the difference between the Japanese and American diet. The food industry in the US has declared war on everyone’s waistline. Fast-food joints and supermarkets offer deep dish pizza, double quarter pounder with cheese, sausage gravy biscuits, and chocolate pudding pie. Homemade meals are a thing of the past, and the US food scene is dominated by processed foods. The Japanese, on the other hand, eat a diet based on soybeans, rice, vegetables, seaweed, and fish. The combination of products, textures, and flavors is unique and typifies the Japanese culinary style.
The Japanese diet consists of protein-rich, high-carb, and low-fat foods that are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. Moreover, the Japanese eat less. The average Japanese consumes ¾ of the calories the average American does. The bottom line? Hara hachi bunme. Huh? When you are eighty percent full, it is time to stop eating.
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