Why is Japanese Cuisines considered to be the healthiest?

If you have been eating Japanese Cuisines for quite some time now, you will find it to be healthier than your usual western diet. Typical Japanese cuisines are high in proteins, healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Japanese cuisines like soybeans, miso, sushi, tofu, green tea, and noodles are becoming more popular among masses, because of the health aspects they behold. The ingredients of Japanese cuisines are largely similar to other countries, but it is the preparation style varies making them distinctively Japanese. You can easily find a sushi restaurant in your locality that provides a variety of Japanese cuisines prepared in an authentic manner.

The common ingredients of Japanese Cuisines

In this article, we shall take a look at the common ingredients of Japanese cuisines that make the dishes healthy.

  • Soybean

The major protein source of most of the Japanese cuisines is seafood and soybeans. Soybeans happen to be an integral component of many of the Japanese cuisines. It is used to prepare tofu and soy sauce which is called shoyu in Japanese. This soy sauce is used to give flavor to many of the Japanese dishes. Miso or fermented soybean paste is used to prepare miso soup. This broth is regarded as the healthiest recipe that keeps you full for longer. When combined with fresh vegetables, fish and other ingredients, its health benefits are enhanced.

  • Seafood and Meat

Seafood is a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals, omega 3 fatty acid and various other nutrients, and is a staple Japanese food. Shrimp, tuna, mackerel, salmon and other raw fish is the main ingredient of sashimi, while sushi includes raw fish and nori (seaweed) sheets as the main seafood ingredients, thus making these dishes a healthy food option. Seafood is also one of the ingredients in many soups, stir-fries, noodle dishes, hot pots or deep fried dishes.

Meat like chicken, beef, pork is also used as an ingredient in many dishes, enhancing their tastes and nutrition. Yakitori, a famous grilled recipe of Japan that includes chicken pieces skewered onto bamboo sticks. It is then is barbecued and served with different sauces.

  • Wheat Noodles

Another staple dish of Japan that is served in many sushi restaurants is wheat noodles. Being rich fiber and starch, this is another healthy food choice. You can get them in different kinds, including soba, udon, and ramen. Each of these noodle types is topped with different vegetables, seafood, and meat enhancers. All of these ingredients add to the flavor and nutrition of the noodles. All of these are served with a vegetable or soy-based fish broth.

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