Could the World Food diet help you beat disease? From Ethiopian wholegrains to heart-healthy Mediterranean feasts, experts reveals top tips from across the globe
- Japanese people eat a lot of seaweed that contains important minerals
- The Swedes add berries - high in antioxidants - to yoghurts and desserts
- Chinese chopsticks can slow down eating time, reducing calories
- And Indians eat spices like ginger and tumeric which aid digestion
Have you ever wondered how French women maintain their slim figures?
According to experts the secret could lie in a 'miracle' nutrient in red wine, which encourages the body to produce more calorie-burning 'brown fat'.
And, despite large bowls of pasta and a tendency to let their meals run late into the evenings, Italians are one of the healthiest nations.
That, nutritionists say, is down to high levels of nutrient-rich fresh fish, lean meat, wholegrains and lots of olive oil in their diet.
Below, we asked a range of nutritionists to reveal the best diets from around the world.
From Swedish ryebread for to fill you up, Chinese green tea to help fight cancer to Indian lassi to aid digestion, here, they share the best foods for good health...
From lamb in Iceland to sushi in Japan, a range of nutritionists reveal the best diets from around the world
CANCER-BUSTING JAPANESE DELICACIES
‘The Japanese diet is one of the healthiest diets in the world,' nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville told MailOnline.
'The fish is supplying important Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
'Both the cruciferous vegetables and fermented soya have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer as they have a balancing effect on hormones.
'The Japanese also eat lot of seaweed (sea vegetables) that contains important trace minerals like selenium and iodine for healthy thyroid function.
'Sushi, the most popular dish in Japan, provides energy but it’s also low in fat and high in omega acids that keeps blood healthy.
'In general, many Japanese vegetables are unprocessed which means greater levels of vitamins and minerals.’
HEART-HEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN FEAST
Seafood, olive oil, vegetables, fruit and grains – all these foods are packed with vitamins and minerals, and have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes,' Sharon Morey, a nutritionist at Quest Vitamins, said.
'Although Mediterranean dishes usually contain some cheese and meat, they are used in moderation.
‘High amounts of olive oil lower the levels of total blood cholesterol and fight inflammation.
'Mediterranean diet also emphasizes fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids and foods containing antioxidants that can reduce the risk of memory loss and decrease brain function, as we get older.’
KEEP IT SIMPLE THE ICELANDIC WAY
'When it comes to food, Icelanders keep things simple – fresh seafood, lean lamb,' Dr Glenville said.
'Most of foods are grown and produced locally with hardly any pesticide use.
'Dairy products are often higher quality than ours as first Nordic settlers to Iceland had a good knowledge of food preserving.
‘High-quality yoghurt with beneficial bacteria are a must in Icelander’s daily diet.
'Fresh fish is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which help keep our hearts and brain healthy.
'They can help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as heart disease and strokes.'
GO SCANDINAVIAN TO BOOST DIGESTION
'Just like Icelanders, Swedes eat high quality fermented dairy products that are crucial when in comes to digestion and immunity (70 per cent of our immune system is in our gut),' Dr Glenville told MailOnline.
'Although vegetables don’t play an important role, Scandinavian cuisine still has healthy elements.
‘Berries, which are very high in antioxidants are favourite fruit in Sweden – usually picked up locally and used in deserts are great source of vitamins.
'Swedes eat plenty of high quality complex unrefined carbohydrates in the form of ryebread, which is served alongside main meal.
'Rye is full of fibre and keep us fuller for longer.'
Swedish people add locally-sourced berries - high in antioxidants and vitamins - to desserts and yoghurts
Teff - a wholegrain high in fibre, iron, protein and calcium is used to prepare most Ethiopian dishes
HIGH IN WHOLEGRAINS IN ETHIOPIA
'Ethiopian cuisine is low in fat and high in nutrients with grains being the main component,' Dr Glenville said.
'Teff - a whole grain high in fibre, iron, protein and calcium is used to prepare most of the dishes.
‘Grains are crucial in promoting digestive health and reducing the risk of bowel cancer.
'The most famous Ethiopian salad, Azifa, eaten with brown rice or pita bread, consists of green lentil.
'Lentils, which are high in fiber and protein but low in fat, are also classed as phytoestrogens with a balancing effect on hormones, both for men and women.’
CHINESE CHOPSTICKS HELP YOU FEEL FULLER FOR LONGER
‘Using chopsticks can help you to slow down while eating, which may ultimately decrease the amount of food eaten,' said Elouise Bauskis, a nutritionist at Nutricentre.
Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, delays premature ageing 'Digestion starts in the mouth and as we chew we are releasing salivary enzymes like amylase that begin the breakdown of food, specifically carbohydrates.
'The more you chew your food, the smaller the particles will be as they pass into the stomach and the easier they are to digest, meaning you will be getting more nutrients from your food from easier absorption.
'You will find green tea in every Chinese house, which is their favourite hot drink.
'It eliminates toxins, aids digestion and curbs cravings.
'It can also fight free radicals, which cause cancer and heart disease.’
Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, delays premature ageing
HOW DO THE FRENCH STAY SO SLIM?
'Why French stay slim and healthy even though their diet is high in fat and carbs?
'Apart from cheese and baguettes French also tend to drink red wine with their dinner, which is packed with resveratrol,' said Michela Vagnini, nutritionist at Nature's Plus.
‘This powerful antioxidant is produced in plants to defend them from invading microorganisms.
'It can not only protect you from damaging free radicals but it also boosts cell replication.
'By promoting a healthy, inflammatory response in our body it delays premature aging process.
'A recent study shows, that there has never been a drug in the history of pharmaceuticals that speeds up cells regeneration like resveratrol.
'Another study suggests, that it can turn an additional weight into calorie-burning brown fat.'
SPICY INDIAN DELIGHTS RICH IN 'FRIENDLY BACTERIA'
'Indian cuisine includes spices, which not only add flavour and appealing colour but also great health benefits,' Adrienne Benjamin, a nutritionist at Proven Probiotics said.
'Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory effects and helps relieve the symptoms of IBS.
'Ginger is very effective in easing discomfort in the stomach. It also promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes your gut.
'To refresh themselves, Indians drink Lassi – a traditional, yogurt-based drink.
‘Made of fermented milk and often flavoured with mint or mango, this healthy beverage is rich in "friendly bacteria" and aids digestion.’
Indian spices, including tumeric and ginger can aid digestion, reduce the symptoms of IBS and eliminate gas
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