What is the difference between Japanese and American eating habits?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

In the US, we like to pile our food on big plates and feel like we have a plentiful meal ahead of us. In Japan, the opposite is true. The Japanese serve their food in small, separate plates and dishes arranged in a way that is spare and pleasing to the eye. That way part of the satisfaction you get from the meal is from how it looks, not just how much you eat. By moving slowly from dish to dish, eating mindfully and pacing yourself, it will be easier to follow the wise Japanese admonition: “eat until you’re 80% full.”


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