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2. The Original Japanese Diet
First off, the typical Japanese diet starts at home. There are no complicated restaurant meals that take a great deal of time. A traditional meal consists of a bit of steamed rice, vegetables, grilled fish (sometimes chicken), a bowl of miso soup, and green tea. If something sweet is desired, fresh fruit is usually chosen. Restaurant meals are saved for special occasions.
3. Light Cooking Style
Japanese meals are generally either stir-fried, grilled over an open flame, simmered or sautéed. They like heart-healthy oils and don’t cook using high temperatures for long periods of time. The Japanese believe that just a bit of spice, sauce or dressing is the key to better tasting foods. They like to taste the freshness of the food, not the flavor of the sauce or spice. Deep fried foods are unheard of in a traditional diet.
4. Smaller Portions
Americans consume portions that are meant for two or more people. If you have ever gone to a Japanese restaurant, you probably noticed that it comes in small but pretty bowls, that plates are not completely filled, and that each dish is served on its own plate. Food is arranged so that it looks pleasing, and the Japanese typically stop eating when they are feel about 80 percent full.
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