Japan is the country with the longest "healthy life expectancy" in the world.
Japanese boys and girls can live up to 73 years without any disease or significant disability according to a recent study published in the prestigious journal The Lancet.
What is the secret of the healthiest children in the world?
The way of eating and his physical activitythey are the secret of the great longevity and good health of the Japanese people.
Compared to other developed countries, the Japanese eat fewer calories per day, and in a healthier way. Eat more fish, plus vegetable products, less meat and dairy products, and the portion sizes of meals are more appropriate.
What can we do so that our children are just as healthy and long-lived?
1. Choose low calorie foods.
A typical Japanese meal is a small bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, and small portions of fish or meat with vegetable-based garnishes. It is not about starting to cook like the Japanese, but about trying to adjust eating patterns similar to those of the Japanese.
You should incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish, which are low-calorie foods, and consume less foods rich in calories or with processed sugars.
2. It is not about avoiding “unhealthy” foods, but about moderating your consumption.
In Japanese culture, children are encouraged to enjoy treats and snacks, but in the right amounts and frequency.
It's about having moderation in the consumption of less healthy foods. Children may enjoy pizza, ice cream, cookies, or chips from time to time, but try to keep the portions small.
3. The importance of rice.
Rice is a staple of Asian cuisine, and it is a meal complement that displaces bread. Many think that white rice has a high glycemic index, which means that its consumption causes an increase in blood sugar, and therefore leads to weight gain. But, in fact, experts disagree about the importance of the glycemic index in the assessment of food for non-diabetic people. In fact, sushi is not a high glycemic index food because rice is mixed with other foods such as fish, vegetables, or seaweed. Which appears to minimize or eliminate any negative impact of rice's high glycemic index.
4. Most Japanese children walk or bike to school.
Physical activity is an important part of Japanese life from a very young age.
More than 98% of Japanese children walk or cycle to school, which means that most Japanese children are meeting the recommendations for children to do 60 minutes of physical activity a day just walking to school.
Why don't you try to get them to turn off their electronic devices and take them to play in the park or take a family outing?
5. Parents are an example of a healthy lifestyle for their children.
Japanese parents inspire their children from infancy to enjoy a wide variety of different healthy foods, including many different fruits and vegetables.
Will you follow these tips to make your children live to many years?
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