With an emphasis on nutritious vegetables and seafood, the Japanese diet offers several health benefits for seniors. Burlington in-home senior care experts discuss healthy dietary habits your senior loved one should consider adopting from the Japanese.
1. Better Portion Control
One of the best aspects of the Japanese diet is the size of the portions. Instead of filling their plates with processed foods, many Japanese people stick to smaller dishes packed with nutrient-dense ingredients. They also eat slowly and mindfully, which reduces the risk of eating too much before their nerves tell them they are full.
2. A Variety of Superfoods Are Consumed
A superfood is an unprocessed ingredient filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Snacking on superfoods throughout the day can help seniors meet their dietary requirements without eating too many empty calories. Some of the most popular superfoods found in Japanese dishes include natto, miso beans, seaweed, probiotic milk, and green tea.
3. Seafood Replaces Red Meat
Red meat is healthy in smaller portions, but seniors who eat red meat regularly have much higher rates of colon cancer, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By eating seafood, the Japanese are able to get a large portion of protein without the unwanted side effects of beef and venison. Much of the seafood the Japanese eat contains omega-3 fatty acids, and these molecules have many additional benefits such as better cognitive function and a lower risk of intestinal cancer.
4. Produce Is Eaten Fresh
Vegetables that are cooked for a long time tend to lose many of their nutrients. Japanese people eat a variety of vegetables during most meals, and they are often cooked for just a few moments at very high heat. The Japanese also have access to a number of vegetables that grow in very few places in the world, including bamboo, Japanese eggplants, and lotus root. Eating these fresh vegetables can provide seniors with plenty of cancer-fighting antioxidants and essential minerals.
If you would like your loved one to eat healthier and reap the benefits of the Japanese diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to helping with daily tasks around the home, our caregivers can help your loved one prepare nutritious meals. We provide live-in and respite home care. Burlington, VT, seniors can benefit from having caregivers in the home who assist with daily tasks such as cooking, bathing, and exercise. For information about our elderly care services, call one of our Care Managers at (802) 231-0415.