The Japanese live longer with less disease than people in 191 countries according to the World Health Organization. And people from Nagano live longer than anyone else in Japan.
Apparently, not only do they live long, but they also live better. New figures show the Nagano woman lives to 87.11 years of age and the average Nagano man to 80.88 years of age.
How do they do this, you ask?
First, the Japanese diet consists of fish, plant foods and rice with low dairy consumption. Eating 5-10 servings of plant foods in one meal is common. The Japanese sparingly eat animal and dairy products. They consume green tea, eat more eggs than tofo and more fish than any other culture.
Japanese women who consume a plant-based diet live the longest, many into their eighth decade. Throughout history and in all cultures, women universally live longer than men primarily because they control iron via menstruation.
Women’s iron levels are half that of males with half the rate of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and infections. Women slowly accumulate iron after menopause, when they develop diseases at the same rate as males. Also, green tea consumed in Japan has iron binders that naturally help to control this essential but potentially toxic mineral.
Compared with the US, death rates are 82% lower for coronary heart disease, 86% lower for prostate cancer, 57% lower for ovarian cancer and 82% lower for breast cancer. According to recent studies, the elderly there appear to have far lower rates of dementia than their US counterparts and suffer less than half the risk for hip fractures.
Americans consume on average about 23 pounds of rice per year versus about 175 pounds per person annually in Japan.
Much of the plant foods consumed by the Japanese are obtained from local farmers, roadside markets and are freshly picked on the day they are sold. We eat grapes, lettuce, bananas and produce from other countries. Our foods lose much of their nutrient value by the time we eat them.
The Japanese consume more fish per capita than any other nation. Nagano people primarily eat cold-water varieties like tuna, mackerel and salmon.
Fish eat Omega-3 rich phytoplankton, a fat that is required for the nervous system. The major fat in the human brain is Omega-3. Perhaps this is why the Japanese have a higher literacy rate than Americans. They feed their brains with proper nutrition.
Also, they may eat as many as 35 different foods in one day. Japanese farmers grow much larger vegetables with greener leaves containing more magnesium. Magnesium is required for the production of chlorophyll.
People who consume the most calcium from dairy products have the highest mortality rates. The Japanese are not as obese as Americans because they don’t eat dairy. In the US, obesity is highest in Wisconsin, the dairy state.
The Japanese diet is low on calcium consumption because dairy products have to be imported. There are less than 1 million mil cows to supply a population of 125 million people, while in the US there are more than 9 million milk cows for twice as many people.
Japanese women consume minimal amounts of calcium yet exhibit little osteoporosis. They also eat much less salt. Americans consume 4,000 milligrams of sodium per day, most of it from canned and prepared foods.
Did you know that the Japanese consumption of eggs is the second highest in the world? Japanese free-range chickens forage freely for grass, insects and seeds and produce dark yolks, not pale yellow as in US eggs. These eggs are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. In Japan, coronary heart disease is uncommon. Recent studies show that eating up to 14 eggs a week does not raise cholesterol nor increase mortality due to coronary artery disease.
Want to live long and prosper? Consider eating a Japanese diet with free-range eggs, less tofu and diary, grow you own veggies, and feast on an abundance rice, green tea and sea vegetables.
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