Did you know that the Japanese people have the longest life span on earth? Studies have proven that they live longer and are healthier than any other race. The Japanese diet has a lot to do with it.
If cialis express delivery you’re observant enough, you would know that the locals in Japan have a slim body figure. Whether young or old, you wouldn’t see them with a bulging tummy. Their secret? Health experts point to eating in small portions and consuming more fish, vegetables, fruits, rice and tofu. Compared to the Americans, a Japanese normally eats 25 percent lesser calories per day.
A compact meal is what most Japanese folks consume on a daily basis. And instead of focusing on energy-dense food, they prefer the less energy-dense ones such as vegetables, fruits and soups.
Vegetables make up a major part of their meal. These include green beans, red and green bell peppers, carrots, lettuce, bamboo shoots, eggplants, onions, spinach, beets, turnips, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, lotus root, tomatoes and zucchini. Continue reading »
Posted August 20th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (1)
I finally satisfied my sushi craving the other day when I went out to eat with several friends. It was actually a funny meal because I had just spent the whole afternoon at the hospital getting some tests done and then met up with my viagra without prescription friends for dinner. While gorging ourselves on the delectable pieces of sushi that the chef whipped up, we found ourselves talking about the health benefits of sushi.
Does sushi really have health benefits or is it just good to eat?
Well if you think about it, sushi is simply rice and fish. Of course, different varieties would have vegetables, other kinds of seafood, and sometimes sesame seed. Whether the fish is cooked or not, the fact that sushi has very low fat content remains the same. More so, sushi also has low cholesterol and caloric content. That is good, isn’t it?
In addition to these things, having seafood as the main ingredient implies another healthy reason to eat sushi. Certain seafood have a healthy does of Omega-3 fatty acids. Technical term aside, this simply means that seafood is good for your heart! As such, sushi is not only low in fat and other stuff, but it also has something good for your body!
Last, take a look at vegetables and the seaweed that is used to wrap the sushi in. These ingredients are definitely high in nutrients and other healthy things (notice that I cannot enumerate them). Cheryl Koch over at Yahoo Health says that phytochemicals are present as well.
I guess I have presented my argument quite convincingly, huh? Sushi is indeed good for the health.
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Posted August 19th, 2011 by admin+ | Comment (1)
While we are on the subject of miso, let me share with you the health benefits of this wonderful soup. Though, of course, its primary purpose (at least for me) is to satisfy my tummy and make me feel better, miso does have potential health benefits. I ran across this article from Associate Content written by Scott Kessman. In it, he details the benefits that miso soup can give to our health.
For women, consuming a bowl of miso a day can help keep breast cancer at bay. The reason for this lies in the inherent nature of the main ingredient, which is fermented soy bean. Another thing about miso is that it is supposed to regulate the production of estrogen in women. This, in turn, helps keep tumors from developing.
Miso also contains a whole lot of other nutrients such as Vitamin E and Vitamin B12. These vitamins help in increasing our immune system. In addition to these, miso contains antioxidants. We all know how antioxidants have come to the forefront because of their anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Of course, miso contains protein, making it a good alternative to other protein-rich food such as beef and pork.
How about the other ingredients in the soup? The seaweed that is normally included in the dish is purported to have the effect of lowering cholesterol levels. Combine the seaweed with miso paste and what you get is something to help combat problems related to nicotine.
Indeed, miso soup is not only food for the soul but for the body as well!
Posted October 22nd, 2010 by admin+ | Comments (3)
A new type of wheelchair has been developed by robotics experts in Japan, and it so advanced that it has been dubbed as something coming from sci-fi movies. The prototype of the wheelchair was unveiled by its creators last week. Dubbed the â€œRodem,â€ the wheelchair does not look anything like its traditional counterpart. In fact, it looks more like a scooter than a wheelchair.
The Rodem has four wheels, and the user has to ride astride â€“ much like riding a scooter. In order to steer the scooter, the user has to use a joystick, making the operation of the chair much easier for the user. More so, the design makes it easier for health care specialists to move their patients onto the chair. In fact, those who can move on their own will also find it easier to move onto and off of the wheel chair.
The inventors of the Rodem come from Tmsuk Co., a Japanese robotics company, and researchers from 10 universities and other research institutes. Makoto Hashizume, the head of Veda International Robot Research and Development Centre, says:
“I believe this is a whole new idea for a wheelchair. With this vehicle, users can move around more freely and more actively without much help from other people.”
Indeed, while the chair is primarily meant for health care purposes, the inventors say that it can also be used by people who simply want to ride. Veda says that they are not planning on manufacturing the chair commercially for now but that they will consider talking with private companies from various countries.
Posted August 30th, 2009 by admin+ | Comments (2)
Why not? Coke comes in various flavors, or versions if you want to call it that. We have the regular Coke, then we have Coke Light, and then there is Coke Zero. I personally prefer the regular (REAL) Coke, but hey, each to his own, right?
In Japan, they will soon get another option â€“ Green Tea Coke. Katsuya Sato, the spokesman for Coca-Cola Japan Co., said late last week that they are going to launch a new product on June 8. This â€œnewâ€ Coke is going to have some tea antioxidants called catechins. Adding the catechins to the soda will not only give it the benefits that antioxidants normally give, but also provide a tea-like aftertaste.
And what is the rationale behind this? After all, most people I know drink Coke not because they want to stay healthy. We all know that it is NOT really a health drink, right? Well, Sato says that they are trying to target women who are in their 20s and 30s, who may be health-conscious. And while Coke is not really a health drink, providing the option of a somewhat healthy version will cater to people who want their soda and drink it too!
By the way, Coke is not the only soda company in Japan taking this route. In fact, fierce rival Pepsi is also coming up with their own exotic drink: basil-flavored Pepsi. Now I donâ€™t know about that. I have always liked Coke but I donâ€™t mind drinking Pepsi when I have to, but basil-flavored soda? Iâ€™ll pass.
Posted June 6th, 2009 by admin+ | Comments (12)
The uproar over swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, has been going on for days now. As current strain of flu virus originates from Mexico, people in Asia are not as exposed to risk as our western brothers. However, due to the ease of travel from any part of the world today, there really is no guarantee that the virus will not reach the farthest corners of the world.
Japan, in particular, might have its first case of swine flu. Bloomberg reports:
Japanâ€™s Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said a 17-year-old boy may be the countryâ€™s first swine-flu case.
The teenager, a high-school student from Yokohama, near Tokyo, visited the western Canadian province of British Columbia from April 10 to 25, according to public broadcaster NHK, which televised the news conference by Masuzoe this morning.
The youth underwent a medical checkup yesterday after coming down with a fever and cough. Preliminary tests suggested he may have swine flu, NHK reported.
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo is conducting additional tests to confirm the diagnosis, the report said.
With everyone as alert as they are at the moment, people arriving at international airports are scrutinized closely for any possible signs of flu. As a matter of fact, another woman arriving from Los Angeles was suspected to have the flu as well. After further tests, however, it turned out that she had another strain of flu.
While you are probably safe if you have not traveled to high risk areas or have no plans of traveling in the near future, it is always wise to employ good hygiene practices.
Posted May 3rd, 2009 by admin+ | Comments (3)
It is pretty believable when a man says that a baby might not be his but to hear a pregnant woman say that the baby she’s carrying might not be hers sounds incredoulous, however, that is exactly what happened in the Kagawa Prefectural Central Hospital.
Last September a woman in her early 20s became pregnant thanks to in vitro fertilisation. She was quite happy about it until medical tests suggested that it was very much unlikely that the eggs implanted in her uterus was hers. The woman opted for an abortion at nine weeks and is now seeking $215,000 as compensation for damages.
According to the hospital director, Yuzo Matsumoto, the mistake may have have happened because â€œ”the in vitro procedures are carried out in sequence one after the other… eggs from one procedure may have accidentally been left over and used in the following procedure.”
If you are planning on undergoing fertility treatments you shouldn’t really be scared about this happening since this incident is actually very uncommon. In fact, this is the first time an incident like this has been reported. To be on the safe side you might want to ask about the procedure followed by the clinic you’re visiting. A good clinic will always give you answers and if you are uncomfortable about anything then voice your concern or find another place and doctor to accommodate your needs.
Posted February 24th, 2009 by admin+ | Comment (1)
Weeks after the initial fracas about the tainted milk products from China hit the world, things have died down a bit. I still see milk and other dairy products on sale in supermarkets today. Though they most probably do NOT contain melamine, it is imperative for the sellers to lower their prices in order to attract people who might otherwise stay away from these products due to the scare.
In Japan, however, a recent discovery has reawakened the fears of a lot of people. A popular pizza chain, Saizeriya, discovered that the dough they have been using contained traces of melamine. This was because they used milk powder to make the dough. Apparently, the milk powder was imported from China.
If you remember, melamine is known to have made countless babies sick in China. Melamine is a chemical that is used to manufacture various industrial products, most of which is plastic. You can just imagine what this kind of chemical can do to oneâ€™ health.
In any case, the pizza chain is reported to have stated that the tainted ingredient was imported way before the Japanese government put high restrictions on goods imported from China. If there is a good side to this story, it is that the amount of powdered milk used in the pizza dough is not enough to make the melamine amounts toxic. In fact, not a single person has been reported to be affected by the contaminated pizza dough.
Posted October 20th, 2008 by admin+ | Comment (0)
Alright, mercury I can take, but parasites? I have heard stories of people getting sick because of parasites but I have always thought that they were merely urban legends. When I ran across Ross Christensenâ€™s series of posts on â€œHow Safe Is Your Sushi?â€, I realized just how serious this issue can be. In the course of my research, I also ran across other articles with opposing views.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, encourages others to go ahead and eat sushi. She states:
â€¢ Order sushi from reputable restaurants, where the restaurant and fish provider follow food safety standards. You can ask if the fish has been previously frozen.
â€¢ Completely cooked is always the safest way to eat fish
â€¢ The FDA recommends that you don’t risk eating raw fish if you’re pregnant or have a compromised immune system.
â€¢ Don’t make your own sushi with raw fish unless you can freeze the fish for more than 72 hours at 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
On the other hand, Michael Vaughn is strongly opposed to eating raw fish himself:
Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m opposed to it; Iâ€™ve just been working in the seafood industry for too long that the thought of eating sashimi and raw-form sushi gives me the willies.
Thatâ€™s not to say that he discourages others from doing it. He has some nice tips in his article as well.
So itâ€™s up to you. Should you eat raw fish? I personally think that if you like it, go ahead. You should just follow the suggestions provided by experts. The Japanese have been eating sushi all their lives â€“ how many people do you know have had cases of parasite infection because of it?
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Posted June 14th, 2008 by admin+ | Comments (3)
As you can probably surmise by now, my craving for sushi has not abated. This is due to the fact that I havenâ€™t had the chance to get me some! In any case, I thought that it would be apt to talk more about sushi in the next few posts.
Did you know that there have been safety concerns regarding sushi? I suppose this issue is inevitable â€“ raw fish, hello? If you do a search on Google or any other search engine using the term â€œsushi mercuryâ€ you will get a lot of results. This is because early this year, a lot of fuss was made over the levels of mercury that can be found in raw tuna, which is one of the most commonly used ingredients for sushi.
As recent as January of this year, MSNBC published an article detailing the potential dangers of this wonderful food:
Lab tests commissioned by the New York Times found so much mercury in tuna in 20 Manhattan restaurants and stores that eating six pieces a week would exceed acceptable levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the newspaper reported.
So should we be concerned? I donâ€™t think so:
Sushi tuna is most often linked to high levels of mercury, but don’t panic if youâ€™ve eaten a lot recently. According to the Food and Drug Administration, one week’s consumption doesnâ€™t change the level of methylmercury in the body much at all. If you eat a lot one week, you can cut back the next week or two and youâ€™ll be fine.
So there! The media sometimes makes too much of a fuss over a simple thing that shouldnâ€™t really cause concern. The Japanese eat sushi A LOT and are they being poisoned by mercury? I think not!
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Posted June 11th, 2008 by admin+ | Comments (2)