You don’t have to look too far to find serious issues with the country’s diet. Cases of Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and other serious, chronic diseases are rising every year, and it’s a sure sign that the food we eat isn’t doing us any favors whatsoever. The big question is – what can we do about it?
Well, perhaps we can take some inspiration from other cultures, which seem to manage to avoid these serious health conditions. Food can be healthy – and tasty – and countries in the Med, the far east, and in many other places show us that it can have hugely positive effects.
Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest and most delicious world cuisines – perhaps you can introduce some of these ideas into your diet?
The Mediterranean diet has always been acknowledged as one of the world’s healthiest. Plenty of fresh veggies and fruit, lots of fish dishes, and, of course, the wondrous olive oil are all used often in the region.
Throw in wholegrain cereals, plenty of nuts, and high-quality dairy products and you have a tremendous combination of nutritious foods that will keep you healthy and help you live longer.
Whether you want to protect yourself against Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes or heart disease, the Mediterranean diet does it all.
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If you want to seek out one of the healthiest cultures in the world, it makes sense to look at the countries with one of the highest life expectancies. Japan is almost always at the top of the charts for life expectancy, and for good reason – Japanese cuisine is super, super healthy.
It’s low in saturated fats, focuses on fish and lean meat, and includes plenty of veggies and fruits. A good example of how the Japanese diet is different to ours is a dish called Kamikoto. It’s a stew that uses a lot of veggies and small amounts of lean meat, purely to add flavour.
Compare this with a typical meal over here, where vegetables are treated as a side and the meat is the main event, and you can see where some of our problems with conditions like colon cancer arise.
The Scandinavian/Nordic diet is delicious, fresh, and incredibly healthy., Again, fish features highly, as do fresh fruits and vegetables. Experts say the Nordic diet has a similar effect as the Mediterranean in its low-fiber, low sugar, and high in antioxidants outlook.
Another key difference is that Scandinavian cuisine focuses a lot less on poor-quality processed foods as we do over here. Want to stay healthy and live longer? Then take a leaf out of the book written by our Nordic cousins.
According to the Lancet Global Health journal, the healthiest cuisines in the world all come from Africa – namely Mali, Sierra Leone, and Chad. Again, it’s a high consumption of vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains that does it.
And to conclude this article, it’s worth pointing out that the same journal labels the American diet as the world’s worst – food for thought?