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Japanese women's healthy diet key to long life: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 26, 2014

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Consume lots of raw fish, vegetables and green tea and you, too, could live to the ripe old age of 86, a new study says.

That traditional Japanese diet has resulted in women from that country having the highest life expectancy of women in selected countries, living for an average of 86.4 years, The Independent reports.

The data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that Japanese women outstrip their English counterparts, who can expect to live to 82.8 years. Women in Northern Ireland and Wales have a life expectancy of 82.1 years, while in Scotland the same figure is 80.7 years.

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The traditional Japanese diet incorporates lower-calorie foods served in controlled portions. According to Naomi Moriyama, co-author of Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother's Tokyo Kitchen, the average Japanese person eats around 25% fewer calories than the average western person.

Crag Wilcox, a leading gerontologist, told the paper that the Japanese diet is full of disease-fighting foods.

“They eat three servings of fish a week, on average," Wilcox said. "Plenty of whole grains, vegetables and soy products too, more tofu and more konbu seaweed than anyone else in the world, as well as squid and octopus which are rich in taurine – that could lower cholesterol and blood pressure.”

The findings were published as part of an international compendium of data published by the ONS. It compared figures on population, employment and the economy.

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