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Two key points make the Japanese diet “revered”, it is difficult for Vietnamese people to follow

Assoc.Prof.Dr.BS Nguyen Thi Lam

When talking about a healthy, scientific diet, many people take the Japanese way of eating to compare and model. On many social networking sites and media channels, there are many articles “worshipping” the Japanese way of eating.

So what’s so special about the Japanese diet? In Vietnam, in terms of food, it is not inferior to the country of the rising sun, even more diverse. So why is the application and eating practice of the Vietnamese far behind the Japanese?

The Japanese diet always pays attention to food variety

From the perspective of a nutritionist, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lam – Deputy Director of the National Institute of Nutrition said: “Personally, I think the Japanese diet is the best in the world. It is good nutrition that keeps them healthy, that’s why the average life expectancy of Japanese people is among the highest in the world.”

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The Japanese diet is very diverse right from the family trays. Illustration.

Associate Professor Lam said that the advantage of the Japanese diet is the variety of foods. This is extremely important in supplementing the body with nutrients. They diversify foods in each group of substances, which is reflected in their daily meals. Specifically:

– Japanese rice, especially the diet for children, is not just plain white rice like in Vietnam. They mix white rice, corn, beans and seaweed to eat together.

– The food in the Japanese rice tray is very diverse. Fish always make up the majority of the main food and in fact the Japanese eat a lot of fish. However, they do not ignore other foods such as chicken, pork, and beef. Although each dish is only processed a little, it is very diverse in the tray of rice.

– Vegetables: This is a very remarkable point, because the Japanese rice tray always appears 4-5 different types of vegetables (not to mention fruit), such as: a few cauliflower, a few mushrooms, carrots, cucumbers… Also Like foods of animal origin, each vegetable has a small amount, but many appear in a meal.

– Soup: With the Japanese, miso soup is very popular. This soup is present in the meals of the whole poor family, even those who can afford it. Their miso soup also incorporates a lot of foods such as grated fish, tofu, seaweed, green onions, etc.

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The variety of words in the most casual food in Japan. (Illustration)

Through the above evidence, it can be seen that the variety of foods in family meals is the root of nutrition problems. “From the outside, it can be seen that Japanese meals are very sophisticated with many dishes, but it is science, showing the nutritional knowledge of Japanese people very well. It is eating this variety of foods that will help the body not be deficient in substances, so they are very good at preventing diseases, especially non-communicable diseases.

I myself work in Japan, eat there even though I don’t eat much, but I don’t feel hungry because I eat enough nutrients and micronutrients. If you don’t eat enough nutrients, you will get hungry very quickly, hunger here is hunger for micronutrients, even though you may feel full during a meal,” Assoc.

Cooking in Japan is the main job, very important

Assoc. Lam said that when talking about food, many people often have the saying “eat Chinese food, marry Japanese” – meaning that the role of women (housewives) in Japan is very important. importance.

Accordingly, in Japanese families there is always a housewife who is responsible for making menus for daily meals. They are people with very good nutrition knowledge, even having to go to nutrition school just to serve the family’s eating. That’s why, Japanese meals have many dishes, a variety of foods, and are very balanced in nutrition.

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Housewives in Japan have very good nutrition knowledge. (Illustration)

Not only in families, in schools, menu planning and nutritional balance are also very important. Or even at the restaurant, in their menu, the dishes are always available with calories for people to choose to suit themselves.

“I once ate a bowl of noodles at a restaurant in Japan, their meat quantity was very small, only a few slices. However, the nutritional value and calories are not lacking. This is very different from in Vietnam, where there is a lot of meat but very few vegetables,” Assoc.

Why is it difficult for Vietnamese to follow the Japanese diet?

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lam said that food in Vietnam is very diverse and rich, even more than in Japan. In fact, many people know the Japanese diet is good and want to follow it, but can’t do it.

This depends on many factors such as living conditions, eating culture, knowledge of nutrition, not simply taking other people’s recipes to apply to yourself.

For example, in Japan, women are very good at housework. Vietnamese women are also very good at cooking, but in addition to housework, they have hundreds of thousands of other jobs such as working in agencies, pressure to earn money, and children. Therefore, they do not have time to learn, learn about nutrition, do not have time to cook many dishes …

Or about the dishes, in the traditional Vietnamese rice tray, there is usually only one savory dish, one vegetable dish and one soup dish. Eating a variety of foods with high protein, protein or green vegetables depends on processing time and economic conditions. “Even as we are nutritionists ourselves, the meal consists of only two dishes of vegetables, the same salty food, the day as fish, the day with meat combined with a few eggs, a few beans. Although I really want to cook a variety of foods, time is limited,” said Dr. Lam.

In order to have a varied and balanced meal, it is very important and necessary. In Vietnam, in order to do that, Dr. Lam believes that it is necessary to change words in each person’s thoughts and thoughts. Specifically, don’t think of cooking as a side job, consider it the main and very important thing. In addition, it is necessary to improve understanding and knowledge of nutrition so that when processing and arranging food for balance and reasonableness.

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