Japanese food is considered healthy but is it really so ? My answer is "Japanese food can be healthy" and here is the reason.
Many of my guests are surprised to know the amount of sugar we use. "Sugar again ?" "Sugar again !" is the conversation I always have with my guests. In fact, we use sugar in many dishes. Sukiyaki, nikujaga - classic Japanese homey dish, braised beef and potatoes, goma-ae - veggies dressed with sesame sauce, simmered fish, teriyaki... all contain sugar. Even sushi has some sugar as we use sweetened vinegar to make sushi rice.
And oil. Probably less than the amount used in other countries but we do use oil. Tempura, deep fried tofu, karaage - Japanese fried chicken, tonkatsu - Japanese pork cutlet are the major examples and we use oil to stir fly foods as well.
But it is also the fact that there are many Japanese foods that don't contain any sugar or oil. Ohitashi - cooked veggies lightly seasoned with dashi - Japanese fish broth and soy sauce, nabe - Japanese hot pot, grilled fish, sashimi and so on. Moreover, we eat many ingredients that is almost zero calorie but full of beneficial nutritions such as seaweeds, konjak - devil's tongue, and various kinds of mushrooms.
I believe whether it is healthy or not totally depends on what you choose to eat and how much you eat. I myself am the living proof.
5 years ago, I was 20kg heavier than I am now. Yep ! 20kg !! When I was pregnant, I was eating 2 portions in each meal saying "one for me and one for the baby". I am sure some of you are familiar with this ! After the delivery, I couldn't get out of the habit. One day, I realized the largest jeans I had were too tight to fit in. "This is it !" I thought and then I changed what I eat. I never gave up eating fried food like tempura but I just changed what I fry and how much I eat. Japanese hot pot was my best friend back then. I ate it almost everyday but I never got bored as the combination of ingredients and seasoning is endless. It can be salt base, soy sauce base, miso base and also there are wide range of ingredients, many kinds of veggies and mushrooms and some protein such as tofu, fish fillet and meat ball made of lean chicken meat. One year later ? I am back to normal weight !
So again, Japanese food can be healthy and your country's food can be healthy too. The important thing is to choose correctly and eat correctly !
BTW, I am not going to show you my before-after picture so don't ask !
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