Japan is renowned as a technological powerhouse, but the Land of the Rising Sun is also known for another impressive feat—its citizens are one of longest-lived people in the world. A Yahoo! Finance article, which cites data from Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says that Japan has the third-best life expectancy among all nations on earth:
Although life expectancy at birth in Japan was tied with Italy for second-highest out of all nations measured by the OECD, Japanese women were expected to have the longest lives when compared to women in all the other countries measured. Japan also had the largest elderly population as of 2010. That year, 23% of the population was at least 65 years old, while 6.4% was at least 80 years old, both the most of any country the OECD reviewed. These numbers are expected to jump substantially to 38.8% and 16.5%, respectively, by 2050. Japan’s population is quite healthy by several measures. Mortality due to heart disease occurred just 39 times per 100,000 people, lower than in any other country and more than three times better than the U.S. Just 4.1% of Japanese adults were obese in 2011, versus 36.5% in the U.S.
A big contributing factor to this longevity is the healthy diet Japanese people observe, particularly their fondness for sushi and sashimi. Certain types of sushi contain raw fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that protect the heart and aid blood circulation. Wasabi, the ever-popular sushi condiment, is known to fight cancer and prevent blood clots.
Luckily, you don’t have to fly halfway around the world just to sample this tasty and healthy delicacy. An award-winning sushi bar like Mikuni, which many consider the best restaurant in Elk Grove, CA, serves some of the freshest sushi and sashimi this side of California.
So the next time you head out to eat, why not dine at renowned Elk Grove restaurants that offer sushi on the menu? By doing so, you can enjoy a healthy and delightful meal with your loved ones.
(Source: Ten Countries Where People Live Longest, Yahoo! Finance, December 2, 2013)