What makes the Japanese diet so great? Balance
Year after year, Japan is ranked among the leading countries around the world when it comes to healthy eating, largely thanks to the plethora of natural wholefoods featured in its style of cuisine. Rather than opting for red meat and overprocessed fare, many people from this island nation turn to fresh fish and produce – not to mention a healthy helping of nutrient-rich seaweed.
We've discussed the merits of the Japanese diet previously on this blog, but there is one aspect of this cooking style that we have yet to touch upon: The idea of balance through food pairings
"Certain foods and seasonings are always paired together, and while it may be tempting to dismiss this as just another example of the cultural homogeneity [within Japan], in several cases there are legitimate health benefits to these standard combinations," states RocketNews24, an online new outlet covering Asia.
One nutritious combination that can be savored in practically every Japanese restaurant around the world is miso soup with seaweed. The source notes that the sea vegetable plays an important role in this dish by "compensat[ing] for one of the only health drawbacks to miso soup: its high sodium content. Nutrients in seaweed help to reduce both blood pressure and sodium levels in the body."
While this is undoubtedly a great asset of seaweed, this plant is also packed with all-natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements that can support memory and help maintain a healthy weight, among other substantial benefits. If you're looking for a quick way to cut down on sodium and boost the overall nutrition of your meals, consider Seagreens® The Mineral Salt for a flavorful mix of Seagreens® seaweed and Cornish Sea Salt.