The Health Benefits of Eating Japanese Food

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The Health Benefits of Eating Japanese Food

A Japanese food diet has been known to help reduce the risk of heart diseases as well as reducing blood pressure, leading to the Japanese population over-living most others, and notably most Western ones. Indeed, by being much heavier on soy and tofu as an alternative to meat, a Japanese diet is significantly lower in high saturated fats.

If to focus on the fact that Japanese dining is primarily centred around refined carbohydrates, noodles, white rice and bread, then we would assume that it’s all together quite unhealthy.  

Yet, the traditional cuisine of Japan (also known as 和食 washoku) is actually based on the emphasis of seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often consist of raw fish, pickled vegetables, or vegetables cooked in a mouthwatering broth. Seafood is also a common theme, with chefs often serving raw fish as sashimi or in sushi. So for any lovers of Japanese & Pan Asian dining, you’ll be happy to know that Japanese food focuses on the principle of ‘health and longevity’, providing some great health benefits when it comes to consuming delicious Japanese food.

 

The Health Benefits of Sashimi

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The Japanese are among the most healthy people in the world, which is why we would all benefit to eat as they do. Generally speaking, fish is lower in calories than most meat and the fat it contains are of the ‘good’ kind. Pronounced sah-shee-mee, this raw, fresh tasting fish is sliced thinly and is usually served uncooked at most Japanese and sushi restaurants. A traditional dish, sashimi is usually served with pickled ginger, daikon radish, wasabi and soy sauce.

Known to be an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients including selenium, niacin, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins B6 and B12, sashimi is certainly one of the healthiest dishes you are likely to find on the menu. There are always risks with eating raw fish, so make sure you dine at a reputable restaurant or select “sashimi grade” fish before eating.

 

The Health Benefits of Japanese Green tea


Did you know that green tea happens to contain less caffeine than both black tea and coffee? There are many proven benefits of drinking green tea which is why you are likely to see it on every menu at a Japanese or izakaya eatery. The green stuff is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on fighting unhealthy elements in the body. It’s also believed that compounds found in green tea can help aid weight loss, improve brain function and may lower the risk of various types of cancer. We’ll drink to that!

The Health Benefits of Tofu

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One food that is an integral part of Japanese cooking is tofu. Although not to everyone’s taste, there are many different types, including fresh tofu, soft and fermented. Most people do not realise that tofu is a great source of vegetable based protein that has been eaten for thousands of years in East Asian countries.  Made from soybean curds, tofu is naturally gluten-free, low in calorie and contains no cholesterol. It’s also an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. Consuming plant-based foods has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

The Health Benefits of Soy Sauce

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Although soy sauce is known to add a salty, pungent, but rather delicious taste to your food, it is known to have a range of nutritional benefits. Because of its rich flavour, you are prone to use less than what is required to produce the same taste as table salt. This means that, despite the relatively high sodium content, it can also help keep your sodium consumption under control. Recent studies suggest that soy sauce also provides digestive tract benefits and is different than other high salt food with respect to blood pressure and cardiovascular health!

The Health Benefits of Smaller portions

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And finally, Japanese restaurants tend to serve the perfect portions, helping to discourage diners from overeating. Sushi is usually served on small slate plates, because when dining off large plate, we tend to feel like we have to consume everything in front of us. Kudos to the Japanese culture, it seems they’ve got the balance just right.


If you’re looking to make a booking at one of the UK’s best Japanese restaurants and haven’t tried Rofuto yet, you can contact us online or call us directly on 0121 369 8888.










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The Health Benefits of Eating Japanese Food

A Japanese food diet has been known to help reduce the risk of heart diseases as well as reducing blood pressure, leading to the Japanese population over-living most others, and notably most Western ones. Indeed, by being much heavier on soy and tofu as an alternative to meat, a Japanese diet is significantly lower in high saturated fats.

If to focus on the fact that Japanese dining is primarily centred around refined carbohydrates, noodles, white rice and bread, then we would assume that it’s all together quite unhealthy.

Yet, the traditional cuisine of Japan (also known as 和食 washoku) is actually based on the emphasis of seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often consist of raw fish, pickled vegetables, or vegetables cooked in a mouthwatering broth. Seafood is also a common theme, with chefs often serving raw fish as sashimi or in sushi. So for any lovers of Japanese & Pan Asian dining, you’ll be happy to know that Japanese food focuses on the principle of ‘health and longevity’, providing some great health benefits when it comes to consuming delicious Japanese food.

 

The Health Benefits of Sashimi

shashimi health benefits

The Japanese are among the most healthy people in the world, which is why we would all benefit to eat as they do. Generally speaking, fish is lower in calories than most meat and the fat it contains are of the ‘good’ kind. Pronounced sah-shee-mee, this raw, fresh tasting fish is sliced thinly and is usually served uncooked at most Japanese and sushi restaurants. A traditional dish, sashimi is usually served with pickled ginger, daikon radish, wasabi and soy sauce.

Known to be an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients including selenium, niacin, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins B6 and B12, sashimi is certainly one of the healthiest dishes you are likely to find on the menu. There are always risks with eating raw fish, so make sure you dine at a reputable restaurant or select “sashimi grade” fish before eating.

 

The Health Benefits of Japanese Green tea


Did you know that green tea happens to contain less caffeine than both black tea and coffee? There are many proven benefits of drinking green tea which is why you are likely to see it on every menu at a Japanese or izakaya eatery. The green stuff is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on fighting unhealthy elements in the body. It’s also believed that compounds found in green tea can help aid weight loss, improve brain function and may lower the risk of various types of cancer. We’ll drink to that!

The Health Benefits of Tofu

tofu health benefits

One food that is an integral part of Japanese cooking is tofu. Although not to everyone’s taste, there are many different types, including fresh tofu, soft and fermented. Most people do not realise that tofu is a great source of vegetable based protein that has been eaten for thousands of years in East Asian countries.  Made from soybean curds, tofu is naturally gluten-free, low in calorie and contains no cholesterol. It’s also an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. Consuming plant-based foods has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

The Health Benefits of Soy Sauce

healthy japanese soy sauce

Although soy sauce is known to add a salty, pungent, but rather delicious taste to your food, it is known to have a range of nutritional benefits. Because of its rich flavour, you are prone to use less than what is required to produce the same taste as table salt. This means that, despite the relatively high sodium content, it can also help keep your sodium consumption under control. Recent studies suggest that soy sauce also provides digestive tract benefits and is different than other high salt food with respect to blood pressure and cardiovascular health!

The Health Benefits of Smaller portions

healthy japanese food

And finally, Japanese restaurants tend to serve the perfect portions, helping to discourage diners from overeating. Sushi is usually served on small slate plates, because when dining off large plate, we tend to feel like we have to consume everything in front of us. Kudos to the Japanese culture, it seems they’ve got the balance just right.

If you’re looking to make a booking at one of the UK’s best Japanese restaurants and haven’t tried Rofuto yet, you can contact us online or call us directly on 0121 369 8888.




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