Food & Diet

The World's Healthiest Cuisines

{jcomments on}We all know that proper diet is the way to a slimmer and healthier body, but it is usually easier said than done. Today, new diets, weight loss products and pills come out each and every month claiming to be the next big thing to help you lose weight. While most of these products sound promising, you may still find yourself struggling against fat and flab. The key to losing weight and keeping fit is not really in crash dieting or in taking as many weight loss herbs as possible.

They key to losing weight and being healthy is to develop a healthy way of eating – which explains why most Americans are overweight and unhealthy, while people from other parts of the world are not. The way people eat differ from one country or culture to another, it just so happens that the American eating culture consists of fried foods, burgers, pizzas and calorie loaded drinks as staples. People from other parts of the world, however, eat foods that keep them lean, healthy and an overall nutritious living. Take a cue from some of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Who knows, you might just find yourself losing weight and living healthy in a non – restrictive, fun and flavorful way.

Mediterrenean Cuisine

Having exploded in popularity in recent years, mediterrenean cuisine continues to ellicit strong followers. From Greek salad to heart-easy grilled fish and vegetables, foods from around the various countries in the mediterrenean are tasty while remaining healthy. An emphasis on fresh vegatables, fish, olive oil and low fats contributes to the benefits.

French Cuisine

France, although also a Mediterranean country, deserves a spot all on its own. Finding an obese person in France may be a difficult thing to do – yet you’d wonder why since the French do love their croissants, butter, cheese, chocolate cakes, desserts, coffee and wines. Despite the abundance of bakeries, wine stores and chocolate shops in the country, the French still are considered as some of the healthiest people in the world in terms of obesity statistics and overall rates of diseases. The secret that keeps them slim all lies in the manner of eating. The French keep a healthy relationship with food and view it as part of the pleasures of life. French meals, which consist of multiple courses, usually last for long hours. They view meal time as a time for social gatherings, so they talk and catch up with one another in between bites of foie gras, escargot and fat laden cheese. While French meals are usually longer, and usually have more fattening food items, their portions are smaller thereby lessening the calories that they consume. The French also incorporate physical activities in their daily routines by walking or biking to work or to other places.

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Japanese Food

The Japanese, especially those in the island of Okinawa, are known for their long life spans. People there are recognized for living past a hundred years. People in Okinawa and other parts of Japan eat traditional Japanese foods, that are rich in cancer – fighting components. They also prepare their fruits and vegetables in the healthiest way possible, and that’s by quick stir frying or steaming them. Their staples, such as green tea, yams, bok choy, seaweeds and seafood coupled with shitake mushrooms are amazing for health. They also follow a simple diet rule called Hara Hachi Bu, which means “eat only until you are eight parts full.”

With these cuisines in mind, why settle for bland diet recipes that restrict you to eating only several types of food (remember Cabbage Soup or South Beach diets?). By taking the cue from these healthy cuisines, you can be on your way to weight loss while indulging in culinary heaven as well.

 Thai Cuisine

Thailand’s famous Tom Yung Gung is found to possess properties that are way more effective than antioxidants when it comes to inhibiting cancerous growth. The secret is in the ingredients. Ginger, for example aids in digestion. Turmeric works as an anti – inflammatory, while lemongrass has long been used for tummy troubles and colds.

With these cuisines in mind, why settle for bland diet recipes that restrict you to eating only several types of food (remember Cabbage Soup or South Beach diets?). By taking the cue from these healthy cuisines, you can be on your way to weight loss while indulging in culinary heaven as well.