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The Asian Diet And What It Can Do For You

29 Dec 2015

Since almost half of the world's population consists of Asian countries, and consuming a typical Asian diet has been linked to increased life expectancy, lower obesity rates, prevention against heart disease and having greater skin, we figured they're onto something. Here, 5 main components of a typical Asian diet and what it can do for you.

1. Green Tea

High in antioxidants and renowned throughout traditional Chinese medicine for its preventative power, it's no wonder why the Chinese have cherished green tea for centuries. By simply drinking three cups of green tea per day, you'll attain sufficient antioxidant protection. In addition to its high levels of antioxidants, green tea is also filled with multi-minerals and multi-vitamins, where as a result, fastens the metabolism, assists in weight loss and overall improves cardiovascular health.

Due to its active contents, recent studies have shown green tea can also assist in the reduced risk and prevention against various degenerative and cardiovascular diseases and even cancers. Get sipping!

2. Fruit & Veg

While eating enough fruit and vegetables can be hard for some, the Asian diet is celebrated for its abundance. A typical Asian diet profoundly focuses on providing a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables, where the key is variety and portion control. Each meal follows a standard 3:1 ratio, where the amount of vegetables on a person's plate is three times greater than the amount of meat. Vegetables and fruits such as dark leafy greens, bok choy, bamboo shots, coconut, mango, eggplant, carrots, leeks and yams are popular picks.

Unlike westernised cultures whom consume vegetables more as a side, the Asian diet instead considers vegetables as a meal in itself. When you attain enough fruit & veg, you'll achieve greater cardiovascular strength and plenty of fibre for keeping your bowels in good health, both of which can reduce the risk of having cancers of the digestive system and various diseases associated with a poor diet.

3. Fish

Fish, specifically in a Japanese diet, is the main source of protein and is commonly eaten in the form of salmon, trout, tuna and shrimp. As fish becomes the main replacement for red meat, which is consumed far more in Western cultures, your mind, body and heart benefit from a lighter yet more effective source of protein. Praised as an unmatched source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish further provides an incredible supply of essential nutrients including vitamin D and protein, for a greater mind and body and a decreased risk of heart attacks.

4. Spices

When it comes to types of Asian food, there's no time to shy away from spices and herbs. Fun and flavoursome, traditional Asian meals whether Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean, will often incorporate an enticing array of herbs, spices and seasonings including chilies, coriander, cumin, ginger, lemongrass, sesame seeds, cloves, Thai basil and mint. Each herb and spice offers a unique health benefit but in particular, chili encourages greater digestion and assists in driving away a cold, while garlic works to defeat toxins. So, get spicy with it!

5. Soy

Together with having a balanced diet and daily exercise, consuming whole-food soy products such as edamame, natto, tofu, miso and tempeh, all of which are commonly used throughout Asian cuisine, you can attain high amounts of protein the lighter way, lower your blood cholesterol, increase bone strength and as recent studies suggest, raise your protection against some cancers. As "soy" foods come from the soybean, their isoflavones provide protein, the saponins invigorate the immune system, while their omega 3 plant fats are vital for your diet. And it's great to know that only a tiny amount of soy foods is required each day in order to attain these health benefits, which also extend to enhanced muscular performance and possible relief from menopausal issues.

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