Eating and Society

Eating and Society

Eating and Society
Many Americans are overweight due to a diet filled with high-calorie convenience foods, lack of exercise, large portion sizes and long work hours. The average diet is high in sugar and saturated fat. Many processed foods also have high sodium content. But many of us don't know how to eat healthy. What are some ways in which food production affects our health? Should we learn how food is prepared from other cultures? Learn more about how you can adopt healthy eating habits with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Perhaps one of the reasons that Japanese people live such long lives is that they are one of the world’s fittest populations. Eating a diverse, healthy diet filled with vegetables and fresh fish and low in carbs and fats is integral to their success. 

     

     

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    Natto is a sticky paste made by adding healthy bacteria to lightly cooked soybeans and fermenting. Natto is a powerful food rich in the enzyme nattokinase, which has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots and help break up the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Fermentation concentrates the power of the healthy plant estrogens found in soy and converts them into a form that our bodies can use more easily, which makes natto even healthier than tofu or soy milk. In Japan, people routinely enjoy natto for breakfast, served on top of rice with an egg split over it. You can find it at health food stores, Asian markets, or online.

     


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    In Japan, a broth-based soup is eaten at almost every meal. Packed with nutrients, it helps you feel fuller and consume fewer calories. Try enjoying a bowl of miso soup at every meal. You can find easy recipes online or pick up packets of instant miso soup at your local health food store or Asian market.

     

     

     


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    How can I eat healthier Asian food?
    A couple of easy tricks can lighten up a delicious Asian meal. Hungry Girl author Lisa Lillien reveals how to order Asian in this video. 
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    At an amazing lunch hosted by Japan's External Trade Organization and featuring The Beverly Hilton's Chef Katsuo "Suki" Sugiura, I learned that the true "Japanese Secret" may just be the fiber content of several core ingredients.

    The fiber story begins with Kanten, an aquatic fiber that expands in the belly and helps one to feel full. It is also a great replacement for gelatin as it is a vegetarian source that delivers the same cooking properties as gelatin. The gazpacho mold made from kanten was light, delicious, fiber-rich and happily, for someone who doesn't like a jelly consistency, surprisingly not slimy.

    Hijiki seaweed is another Japanese stealth fiber-rich ingredient. It also delivers a great mineral ratio of calcium to magnesium (2:1). The Hijiki crostini was an impressive way to take seaweed from a sea vegetable, less likely to have mass appeal, to an Italian taste that is perfect for a cheese-less but still calcium-rich crostini option excited to try.

    Konnyaku jellies are a much enjoyed candy. On the other end of the spectrum, Konnyaku is also used as a diet tool because the high fiber and no calories helps to fill you up -- consider it a "free food" for those who understand "dieter's speak."
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    Like any cuisine, there are healthy and not so healthy options in Thai cuisine.

    High calorie coconut milk is one of the most prominent ingredients in Thai cooking and is used in everything from soups to curries. Almost every Thai recipe uses fish sauce, curry or shrimp paste, all of which are very high in sodium. This makes it tough to avoid overdoing it on sodium. Try making your favorite Thai dishes at home where you can better control the sodium.

    Next time you dine at a Thai restaurant, try these healthier menu options:
    • Papaya Salad
    • Tom Yum Goong (Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)
    • Summer Rolls
    • Satay - go easy on the dipping sauce
    • Gai Pad Mamuang Him Ma Pahn (Cashew Chicken) – just watch the portion
    • Gaeng Pah Curry (coconut milk free curry)
    • Ask for brown instead of white rice.
    No matter your selection, remember that most restaurant portions are 2-3 times larger than you need. Thai food is great for sharing. Plan to share an entree or box half of it to enjoy for lunch or dinner the next day.
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    Dr. Oz - healthy Asian food

    Asian-inspired dishes don't begin and end with fried wontons and Kung Pao Chicken. In this video, renowned chef and Dr. Oz Show guest, Ming Tsai, offers suggestions for flavorful, healthy, Asian-style foods that won't widen your waistline. 


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    Order: Fajita, black beans, refried beans cooked without lard; guacamole as a condiment, brown rice; jicama; grilled chicken or fish; cerviche; avocados; chicken enchiladas without cheese; arroz con pollo (request brown rice); camarones.

    Avoid: Fried flour or corn like tortillas, taco shells, sour cream, cheese; quesadillas; chalupas; nachos; ground beef or pork.
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    Vietnamese restaurants offer a blend of unique flavors and many options for the health-minded diner. Try these healthier options next time you venture out:

    • Canh chua tom (spicy & sour shrimp soup)
    • Goi cuon (fresh spring rolls) instead of the fried ones Cha gio
    • Bo xa lui nuong (grilled beef with lemongrass and vegetables)
    • Ca hap or Ca kho to (steamed fish dishes)
    • Rau muong xao toi (be sure to ask the chef to go easy on the oil in these sauteed greens)
    • Lychee (a tropical fruit)

    Trying out new cuisines can be a fun way to get to know different cultures. Take this list with you to ensure you stick to your health goals along the way.

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    Many restaurants feature foods with Latin American flavor. Keep in mind that favorites like crispy taco shells, taco salads, nachos, guacamole and chips and salsa are tasty but can be high in fat.

    The staples -- tortillas, beans and rice -- are great sources of carbohydrates, while pinto and black beans supply fiber. Latin American cuisine also offers you a chance to include different types of vegetables and grain foods, and to explore new flavors.

    Try Latin American creations that are full of flavor without all the calories:
    • Fajitas, enchiladas, burritos or tamales
    • Soft tacos with chicken, beef or beans
    • Tortilla soup
    • Chile verde
    • Red or black beans and rice
    • Arroz con pollo (chicken with rice)
    • Veracruz-style seafood dishes
    • Flan or fruit for dessert