Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

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This is a sequel to my other video on the food environment in Japan titled “Why is it so easy to be thin in Japan?”
Having lived in America and now living in Japan, it’s interesting to see how very different these two food environments are. I’ve seen comments on another one of my videos about low carb saying something like “Oh sure, you can lose weight on low carb, which is why all the rice eating Japanese people are so thin, right?”
So with this video (and maybe the last one), I’m hoping to show that the diet over here is more complex than just “high carb”

0:00 – Intro: America & Japan
0:42 – People walk more in Japan
1:35 – Portion sizes are smaller
2:30 – America and Soda
2:40 – Rice vs. Wheat
3:50 – Fermented foods keeping the gut healthy
5:14 – Meat consumption is balanced with Fish consumption
5:54 – Muscle meat and organ meat balance
7:57 – Green Tea
8:43 – School Lunches in Japan

A pdf of the transcript with links to my sources can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/17282506

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Big thanks to Greg from “Life Where I’m From” for letting me use some shots from his video “Tokyo by Train” ! – https://goo.gl/8EvfNU (They’re the professional shots near the start of people walking in Kamakura / around the train station)
-Make sure and check out his channel – it’s very interesting, especially if you’re interested in Japan: https://goo.gl/s1Xfvt
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  1. PFFA on October 13, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Japanese and South China diets are also known to frequently cause nasopharyngeal carcinomas. That’s cancer of the nose. Their diet has a lot of salted fish which has a high content of nitrosamines. So all’s not exactly peachy in animeland

  2. Kevin Paskevicius on October 13, 2020 at 6:21 am

    1 Word: Carbs
    Only you know your addictive foods in your life. 🙂

  3. Hiroumi Sano on October 13, 2020 at 6:21 am

    This made me wanna move back to Japan…

  4. Poonia on October 13, 2020 at 6:22 am

    I have never met a single people in my life who uses audible daily…but almost every youtuber does it…interesting

  5. Chandler T on October 13, 2020 at 6:22 am

    how do you eat rice in every meal man

  6. thanks you on October 13, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Before 150 years no one use transport and they are much much healthier than us.

  7. shuhel miah on October 13, 2020 at 6:24 am

    so basically stop eating fast food, eat smaller portions and walk more. Thats it i have my plan now.

  8. Emma Rybk on October 13, 2020 at 6:24 am

    This is absolutely not the case from what I saw on a visit to Tokyo; the food is terrible, all bland, refined carbs and so much fatty over-cooked meat! I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where their pharmacies are stocked floor to ceiling with aenema kits! So many of their population must be constipated as all hell…!
    They might be skinny but they are not healthy. A lot of people in this part of the world have terrible skin, and this is a sign of spectacularly poor diet.

  9. not my opinion on October 13, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Also i think you didn’t mention that in japan you get served a variety on foods per meal. In japan you will see that the table is full with bowls of different food. That is also a contributor to health.

  10. Barbara Rojas on October 13, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Love these videos, but America is not a country is a Continent, the United States is the country.

  11. Jon J on October 13, 2020 at 6:27 am

    They’re radioactive in japan…not very healthy.

  12. Seph Angelo on October 13, 2020 at 6:27 am

    A reminder of why I should eat more fermented food everyday.

  13. Atasha on October 13, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I absolutely love Japan ❤️

  14. ruisen2000 on October 13, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Wow, those american recommendations for organ meats look disgusting lol. No wonder it didn’t catch on, they need to show some recipes from the chinese and japanese lol

  15. Mari Suzuki on October 13, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Great video. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention anything about the amount and variety of veggies Japanese consume vs Americans. Do you have a video about it?

  16. Jhon Macra Imbana Jokora on October 13, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Even Japan’s Obese people are healthier. Sumo

  17. ja da on October 13, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Strange… I was in Japan a few years ago and the food was cheaper, at least the more nutritious food. Unless you were paying oddly high amounts for pristine fruits and for pizza, the food is over all cheaper. I am not sure where he got that it was more expensive. Maybe different areas of the country perhaps?

  18. Will Barett on October 13, 2020 at 6:37 am


  19. UNIQUE on October 13, 2020 at 6:39 am

    People are obese in America because they literally put cheese and butter in everything…everything

  20. 森亜亭 on October 13, 2020 at 6:40 am


  21. Latifah Ganevia on October 13, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Ah coba di Indo bisa jalan kaki ato naik sepeda dg aman

  22. Haikyuu’s Floor on October 13, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Now im just laughing at my imagination because how i see America’s structure is like a big greasy steak while japan is a salmon from the convenience store.

  23. LaggardInLove on October 13, 2020 at 6:42 am

    US has become a caricature of capitalism. Rest of the nations should take a note and NEVER go that way!

  24. Monarch on October 13, 2020 at 6:43 am

    I never get the point of demonizing gluten. Indians have been eating it for last 4000yrs without any issue. I just think its some kind of conspiracy. Rice is not very nutritious but wheat is.

  25. KTTGHMTJWYCBLAC on October 13, 2020 at 6:44 am

    The Japanese invented the vending machine. And you can get hot and cold foods and beverages like cold beer and hot sake or hot noodles. I got lost my first time and went from vending machine to vending machine drinking sake until I didn’t care that I was lost.

  26. Senpai Bro on October 13, 2020 at 6:45 am

    The title should be " Why people of Japan are So Weak"

  27. Trill_tyler_123 on October 13, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Simple, they aren’t Americans

  28. Desmond DeSilva on October 13, 2020 at 6:48 am

    For the claim about eating more fermented food, in a study in 2011, Japan had 50% more cases of stomach cancer than the United States. The potential benefits of consuming large amounts of fermented food aren’t all that simple

  29. Babeena_Gt _ on October 13, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Wheat is a big nono , and that is huge not to eat

  30. Karan Arora on October 13, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Being a vegetarian this is one of the disgusting videos i could see..

  31. Love Night on October 13, 2020 at 6:53 am


  32. Ise xxx on October 13, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Me looking at the portions: “Wow, that’s a lot of food!”
    Him: “The portions are smaller”
    Me: ?.?

  33. Bas Jansen on October 13, 2020 at 6:57 am

    When we’re speaking of the Japanese drinking more ‘green tea’, are we talking about regular packet green tea or is Matcha just always available in there?

  34. Christian on October 13, 2020 at 6:58 am

    It’s almost like calories in = calories out. But that wouldnt be a 10 minute video. I can’t believe people are perplexed by thermodynamics

  35. Karina87 on October 13, 2020 at 6:59 am

    They also drink waem water first thing in the morning.

    Also, more than 3000 average????

  36. Amanda T on October 13, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Just because they are thin don’t means their healthy

  37. Hajra Talib on October 13, 2020 at 7:00 am

    What is the best diet to eat? A Mediterranean diet or japanese or is a diet from the Netherlands better since they are so tall there??

  38. alishba khawar on October 13, 2020 at 7:02 am

    The amount of effort put in this video and research done is mind-blowing! ❤️

  39. Dreamdancer11 on October 13, 2020 at 7:02 am

    They are so healthy that they dont even have sex no more..thats why their population is deteriorating

  40. eli galler on October 13, 2020 at 7:03 am

    What you learn to eat in your first 3 to 5 years of life, you will like all your life.

  41. 黒島沙和 on October 13, 2020 at 7:04 am

    the healthier & fit you’re the happier you become.

  42. oh hi im liz ღ on October 13, 2020 at 7:05 am

    America managed to have kids look at the packaging besides the nutritional facts, that anyone who’s eating healthy looks goofy or praising toxic food trends (Travis Scott Burger, Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich, cheesy anything, fried this, put tons of salt in that), it’s disgusting and it’s all just to fuel capitalism

  43. mqmoreno23 on October 13, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Everybody should know why most of americans suffer from obesity, diabetic and heart disease is because the united states of america has a business with the medication system and if u don’t take care your self eating healthy and avoiding sweets and sweet drinks in this country when your young by the time you get to 45 years old is over cause you will be suffering from all the diseases i just mentioned and there is when the government of united states will make their money cause now u basically living of medications for the rest of your life

  44. Crystallin on October 13, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Im learning japanese atm, planning to move to japan. I only know basic hiragana (learning symbols first)

  45. wendy bohannon on October 13, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Thanks you for making this video!

  46. Alli C on October 13, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Americans eat sugar in everything, so they wind up fat, Japanese eat salt in everything, so they have strokes.
    And Japanese culture has significant social stigma against being fat, and considers commenting on people’s weight and appearance as acceptable, or even helpful. Which means Everyone will let you know you’re starting to gain weight, and then bother you about it until you lose it.

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