The New Year is a time when many people start to focus on their diet. They make the decision that this is the year they will finally eat clean and cut down on the junk food. Today I am going to give you the edge over many other people by sharing a Japanese diet secret that you can implement in the New Year to improve your health significantly.
Japanese People And Health
Before I share this Japanese diet secret with you, you might be wondering why you need to be implementing secrets from the Japanese people anyway? Well if you look at the statistics, Japanese people have very good health. Their overall cancer rates are 50% lower than those in the USA and the average life expectancy rate in Japan is 4 years higher than it is in the USA. In fact John Creighton Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan and Tokyo University believes the Japanese people are the healthiest on the planet.
The Japanese Diet Secret
Whilst there is plenty of speculation around why the Japanese are so healthy, a lot of evidence points to one very powerful food – soybeans. In Japan, the average person eats soybeans 2 or 3 times per day which is a much higher consumption rate than in the USA.
Soybeans are nutritionally one of the best foods you can eat. They are packed with protein, rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids and full of vitamins and minerals. However, they also contain another exclusive health boosting group of phytonutrients – isoflavones. The isoflavones are extremely powerful antioxidants which keep your body safe from dangerous free radicals. They also have very strong links with cancer prevention and are believed to be one of the main factors behind the much lower rates of breast cancer and prostate cancer in Japan.
The Dangers Of Unfermented Soy
Despite providing you with exclusive access to isoflavones, not all soybeans are created equal. Fermented soybeans that are traditionally eaten by the Japanese provide you with all the benefits listed above. However, unfermented soybeans which are used in many highly processed soybean products such as soy burgers, soy cheese and soy ice cream carry with them a number of health risks that far outweigh the health benefits of isoflavones. To avoid these health risks the answer is the same as it is for many other foods – go for natural, unprocessed versions where possible.
In their natural form, soybeans are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. So if you want to increase your life expectancy, reduce your cancer risk and much more in the New Year take full advantage of this Japanese diet secret. Add soybeans to your salad, mix them in with other vegetables as part of your evening meal and make sure you are eating them on a regular basis.
Start your New Year Resolutions early by having the healthiest New Year ever…