For no people on earth is it more true than the Japanese, when
you say, “you are what you eat”. The Japanese are, by all accounts, the
people with the least obesity problem, the highest longevity rate, and
best health record. What are they eating?
The importance of rice
Rice is the main carbohydrate food in Japan, consumed with every meal.
However, the real basis of the Japanese diet is not rice but fish,
consumed at more than 70 kilos per person per year–which means 190
grams daily. This combination of rice and fish, as their staple food is
far superior to the American meat and potato, the European little of
this, little of that diets, and light years ahead of the Russian pork,
potato and mayonnaise daily fare.