Healthy Food around the World

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olive oil and olive branches

Which Countries Have the Healthiest Diets?

There is nothing like home cooking, whether it’s southern comfort food, Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, your favorite sushi, or cheese and fruit. Healthy food is found around the world, and there is really no denying it, in the United States (land of plenty) you won’t necessarily find the healthiest diets unless you are eating at a Mediterranean or Japanese restaurant.

Mediterranean Cuisine  a dish of black olives

It is well-known that a Mediterranean diet is one of the world’s healthiest diets. One reason is very low (if any) processed foods. Instead, the food comes from the source. For example: they use olive oil while cooking, but they also eat a lot olives in many dishes. Fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, nuts, the odd glass of red wine, fish and dairy, and olive oil are the key players.

Olives are an amazing food and actually protect you against many possible diseases and issues:

  • Olives including hydroxytyrosol, a phytonutrient linked to cancer prevention and bone loss.
  • Olives also provide iron, fiber and copper.

Japanese Cuisineseveral dishes of healthy Japanese food

Longevity and life expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world. A contributing factor to this is a diet high in certain carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, and fish and meat.

Shiitake mushrooms are regarded as a symbol of longevity in Japan due to their health-promoting properties.

Another factor that can’t be ignores is that tea and water are regularly consumed in place of processed drinks in Japan. This goes a long way to ensuring a healthy diet.

Nordic Cuisinesalmon steak on pretty cut class plate

The Nordic nations including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland have beneficial diets that are comparable to Mediterranean cuisine. Rye bread, oily fish, local fruits such as rose hip, root vegetables, and fermented milk and cheese are commonly eaten this part of the world. Dried meats and fish and pickled vegetables are also popular.

Venison roasts, beet soup, cured herring, gravadlax (salmon) in dill, Lindström patties (pickled beets, capers, horseradish and chives), are just a few popular delicacies.

French Cuisinean assortment of French cheese

Cheese, bread and wine–the 3 food groups in France.

For a diet high in saturated fat (cheese, for example) the French still have low rates of heart disease and obesity. The key to this is portion control. Eating small amounts of your favorite foods keeps you from feeling deprived.

The French do love their wine, but they also love grapes in their natural fruit state. The benefits red and purple grapes are especially recognized for reducing the instance of cholesterol that causes heart disease, fighting off some of the signs of aging and, according to research, reducing the possibilities of cancers. In France as well as Greece, grapes are often served as a dessert.

Indian Cuisinea plate of Indian meats and vegetables

The Indian diet is essentially composed of healthy ingredients and dishes such as rotis, dals (lentils), beans and pulses, along with vegetables, rice, chicken and meat curries, and other meal accompaniments like idlis, dosas, chutneys, and uttapams.

The Indian diet also uses ghee, a clarified butter, known for its medicinal and rejuvenative qualities.  It keeps the digestive tract lubricated and reduces bloating while aiding in the elimination of toxins from the body.

Indian spices like kadi patta, coriander and mint, also make Indian food healthy and inviting.

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