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5 Reasons Older Adults Should Try the Japanese Diet

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

The Japanese diet has a number of health benefits thanks to the prevalence of nutritious vegetables and seafood. Seniors from other cultures should consider adding a few Japanese-inspired meals into their regular rotation. Warren elder home care staff discusses 5 key benefits of following a Japanese diet.

1. Increase Life Expectancy

Statistically, people in Japan tend to live long, healthy lives. The country boasts the largest percentage of people who live to be more than 100 years old. This suggests the Japanese are doing something right when it comes to their diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices and is a reason to consider adopting aspects of their diet. 

2. Eat in Moderation

One of the governing principles of the Japanese diet is moderation. Many Japanese people stop eating when they feel 80 percent full. Other cultures usually don’t practice the same level of restraint, which can lead to poor dietary habits and ensuing health concerns. If your loved one wants to boost his or her health, this is a great habit to adopt. 

3. Focus on Healthy Ingredients

In Japan, people consume a large amount of fish, fruit, vegetables, and rice. The most popular fish include salmon and tuna, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are famous for promoting mental acuity and cardiovascular health. Fish is usually served with lightly steamed vegetables like peppers, eggplant, carrots, and green beans. These provide a wealth of vitamins and minerals. In lieu of dessert, the Japanese eat sliced fruit. Meals often end with a refreshing cup of healthy green tea.

4. Avoid Fatty Foods

The foods the Japanese avoid are almost as important as the foods they eat. They rarely eat red meat, which tends to be higher in fat than seafood. Dairy products like cheese, butter, and milk are also rare. If your loved one has a heart condition, he or she has probably been advised to avoid fatty foods. Adopting the Japanese food philosophy could prove beneficial to him or her. 

5. Savor a Good Meal

In Japan, meals consist of a series of tiny portions, served individually. This prolongs the eating experience, and can compel seniors to appreciate their food. If your loved one is looking to adopt better dietary habits, encourage him or her to savor his or her next well-cooked meal. It’s a good way to develop a healthy relationship with food.

If you want your loved one to incorporate aspects of the Japanese diet in his or her meals, consider hiring an in-home elder care professional. In addition to helping your loved one eat healthy, a caregiver from Home Care Assistance can also help him or her prepare healthy meals. Our part-time and live-in caregivers are also trained to provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Warren seniors can benefit from our caregivers’ assistance with tasks such as cooking, bathing, and exercise. For more information on our elderly care services, call one of our Care Managers at 908.450.9400.