There are not many people in the world who live to see their hundredth birthday. Interestingly enough, most of those who live over a hundred years are from Asia. Research has proven that Asians’ longevity can be associated with their diet. Their cuisines may be diverse but essentially they have the same nutritional structure. Asian food covers the cuisines of China, Japan, Indonesia, North and South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Laos, Taiwan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Myanmar.
Differences in diet
Studies involving the diet pyramids of various countries and continents help in understanding the differences involved in the impact on health. For instance, though the Asian and the French diet pyramids seem quite similar, yet the rate of diet related diseases vary immensely between the two groups. The case is similar while Asian diet is compared to the rest of the world. It is for this very reason that scientists have tried to understand the Asian diet. Using the insights to the Asians’ secret to long healthy lives, nutritionists have created food guidelines for various cuisines that help maintain the culture and tradition and improve the nutritional value as well.
What Asians eat
Rice is a common feature in all Asian cuisines. Most of traditional Asian dishes focus mainly on rice. Despite having a high-carb diet, a large population of Asians is slim. Their daily diet includes a lot of proteins in the form of fruits, vegetable, cereals, noodles, bread, nuts, sprouts, legumes, fish, etc. The balance between the rice and proteins is the secret to their good health.
Asians avoid consuming a lot of dairy products and thus limit the amount of fat consumption. They do not include a lot of unhealthy food like red meat, fried food, fat filled dairy products, processed foods, etc. in their diet. It is believed for this very fact that they are in a better shape of health while compared to those who have unhealthy eating habits.
The core ingredients of food that plays a major role in health are spices. Asian recipes include those spices known to be excellent for good health. Here are a few spices with their health benefits:
1. Chilies are the main spice in many Asian dishes. Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili that makes it spicy. It has anti-cancer and analgesic properties. To get the best effects on health, cook with the spiciest chilies.
2. Turmeric has a component called curcumin that is known to have anti-cancer properties. It is also rich in vitamin B6 and minerals like iron, manganese and potassium.
3. Ginger is a miracle spice. It can be used in teas, entrée, main course and desserts even to add bags of flavor. The medicinal components of ginger are gingerols and shogaol. Together they help in aiding digestion, curing cold, cough, fever and relieving pain.
4. Cinnamon is a widely used spice that can be added to any edible dish to add to the flavor. It regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It helps control ulcers. It is also used in teas to relieve stress and pain.
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