Modern diet obsessors would love you to believe that the key to health is a whole lot of kale and not a lot of fun. But they would be wrong.
Because it turns out: It’s carbs!
A recent study by researchers at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo tracked the health of more than 80,000 people in Japan over 15 years. The study found that those who adhered most closely to Japan’s recommended dietary guidelines (which suggest large amounts of carbs and grains and low amounts of fat) had a lower risk of mortality (specifically caused by cardiovascular disease) than people who followed the guidelines less strictly.
It’s also worth noting that Japanese people have the second longest life expectancies in the world. (America, um, comes in 43rd.)
So what’s the reasoning behind it all? According to cardiovascular research scientist James DiNicolantonio, their success is due to a combination of the quality of food eaten in Japan with the light amount of fat consumed and the high levels of activity performed. (The average person in Japan walks more than 7,000 steps a day, compared to the average American’s 5,000 steps.)
Hey, if taking a few more steps lets us slurp more noodles, we’re on board.