Raw fish for a long life? Japanese food is said to reduce mortality
(aid) - When it comes to age, Japanese are a step ahead worldwide. The high life expectancy is also associated with healthy Japanese food. A recent study from the British Medical Gazette confirms the assumption that a diet rich in rice, vegetables and fish can contribute to a long life. A special treat in Japan is sushi with raw fish or raw fish marinated, sashimi, but then without rice.
Almost 80,000 people aged 45 to 70 took part in the study. They were asked about their eating and living habits.
In Germany it is a pyramid, in Japan it is a spinning top: In 2005 the Japanese authorities developed a "food spinning top" with four levels from high to low consumption to illustrate the principles of healthy eating to the population. The Japanese are said to eat a lot of cereals, i.e. rice, noodles and bread, followed by vegetables. The third level includes fish, soybeans, eggs and meat, while fruit and dairy products are said to be eaten in small quantities.
Staff at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo associated the study participants' dietary information with later deaths. Using a scale from 0 to 70, the scientists determined how closely the subjects adhered to the recommendations of the Japanese Ministry of Health. The conclusion: Those who adhered strongly to the recommendations of the "food top" were 15 percent less likely to die in the course of the following 15 years. Each 10-point increase on the scale resulted in a 7 percent reduction in mortality.
But despite all the research, statistics and their interpretation: there is no recipe for a long life. Life expectancy depends on many different factors such as lifestyle, health care and, last but not least, genes. How strong the influence of nutrition can only be speculated. (Heike Kreutz, aid)