By: Abby Thompson
This article was written by Sara G. Miller on March 22, 2016 and it was published through Live Science. In summary, the main goal of this article is to inform the reader that new studies have been done, showing that eating the traditional Japanese diet may lead to living a longer life. This diet includes a high intake of fish and soybean products, and a low intake of fat. Japan's dietary guidelines are presented as a "spinning top." It includes grains, vegetables, fish and meats, milk, and fruits represented by an inverted pyramid, with grains at the top. The study that was done to collect these findings included 36,000 men and 42,000 women across Japan. All of them completed a questionnaire about their food intake at the beginning of the study, and then again at the five and ten year follow up marks. While Japan already has the highest life expectancy in the world, following this diet strictly, increases their life expectancy even more. The study showed that if this diet was followed closely the person had a 15 percent lower risk of dying during a 15-year time period, as compared to people who didn't follow these guidelines. It also found that people who closely followed this diet were 22 percent less likely to die from a stroke or other related cardiovascular diseases. Researchers seem to think these findings suggest that a dietary pattern of a high intake of fruits and vegetables and a moderate intake of fish and meat can decrease the risk of morality from these diseases in East Asian populations.