People start to think about the thinness of the Japanese and the fact that the country is a small island that imports products, and they come to the conclusion that the Japanese eat little and that the food there is too expensive. Is this really true?
I already wrote an article talking about the because Japanese people are so skinny. In addition to the climate, genes and routine, they consume several things that help with weight loss such as green tea, miso soup, fish, etc. Now what other factors make people think that Japanese people eat little? I have separated some interesting points below and then I intend to talk in detail about each one.
- Food price;
- Products in small portions;
- Small bowls;
- Little consumption of meat;
Price is not an issue
People have a terrible habit of wanting to compare the price of things without taking the country's economy. In my opinion it is possible to eat and enjoy much more in Japan with Japanese salary than in Brazil with Brazilian salary. The fact is that everyone likes to save, and that ends up influencing the Japanese to consume less beef, since pork, fish and poultry are cheaper.
Another feature that shows that the Japanese have total opportunity to eat well is the thousands of restaurants spread around every corner. I've never seen a place with so many restaurants like Japan. Most Japanese people don't have lunch at home, end up eating lunchboxes or having lunch at restaurants. Cheap and quality restaurants, I was impressed myself when I ate a big carvery of meat in the yakiniku for only 30 reais.
When I traveled to Japan, even though I was scared by the price of cheeses and hams, during my stay with friends, every breakfast I had available tuna, ham, mozzarella, sausage, as well as several drinks such as tea, juice, yogurt and all that for breakfast. In reality the japanese traditional coffee it is so big that they even have rice and it looks like lunch. So keep in mind that Japanese people don't usually have any problem with money to buy food.
Products in small portions
If we look at the size of products in grams, it is actually smaller than elsewhere. Another characteristic of industrialized products in Japan is that they are usually divided and packaged into several smaller portions. All this to avoid excessive consumption and to conserve food. No matter the size of the food, the Japanese have the opportunity to eat all day long. The thousands of beverage machines and convenience stores throughout the country facilitate purchase and consumption.
Japanese people like to separate their food into different bowls, and it can make an impression that they are eating little. But depending on the occasion the food is on the table or in different bowls. A bowl for rice, soup, etc. is usually used. Of course, there is no problem in mixing everything, it will depend on the occasion.
Overeating makes people fatigued anywhere in the world. In Japan there is also obesity, mainly due to the high amount of industrialized products. Of course, many girls prefer to stay thin and avoid overeating, while others consume more than anyone and remain thin. All of this is quite relative, the fact is that Japanese people eat a lot. The big difference is that foods are usually fat-free and low in cholesterol.