Eating Smart And Enjoying Your Meals Aren’t Mutually Exclusive
Japanese food is viewed as being one of the healthiest in the world, and rightly so — if you can stick to a traditional diet and avoid making a few major mistakes!
The average serving of tempura can come in at anywhere from 200-700 calories; katsudon (fried pork cutlet on rice) starts at about 900 kcal for a small portion, while ramen can come in at anywhere from 500-800 kcal depending on the soup base and size. Sushi, perhaps the healthiest sounding of all, averages out at roughly 75 kcal per piece, depending on topping, (which could explain why most Japanese celebrities’ Insta feeds are full of only sushi piece), while yakitori, grilled chicken, fluctuates from 24 kcal per skewer (for nankotsu or cartilage) to 165 kcal for kawa (chicken skin) skewers, and further depends on whether you order your yakitori prepared with salt or tare (sauce). So, basically, if you want to go out and enjoy a meal, you’re going to end up taking in way more calories than you should. Yet, Japan’s eating out market is so widely accessible — and so common.
I – Word Understanding
Fluctuates – differs
II – Have Your Say
So how to enjoy Japanese food and stay healthy at the same time? Here are suggested rules to follow when dining in Japan:
1. Follow the “hara-hachibu” principle
2. Avoid ready-made dishes
3. Watch out for carbs, sodium and sugar-overdosed meals
4 Don’t trust miracle foods
5.Variety is key