What the World EATS

Sick of eating the same thing over and over to keep a 'healthy' diet? Why not take a culinary trip around the world with some tasty ideas from countries with lower rates of chronic diseases?

International cuisine can give you new inspiration, new flavors and different eating practices. India’s obesity rates are below 5%. Indian cuisine features lots of appealing color and flavor with spices like turmeric, ginger, and red pepper. Aromatics such as onions and garlic in many dishes could lower risk of heart disease. Try tandoori-grilled meats and tomato-based curries.

The traditional Swedish diet features rye bread as a staple. Rye has tons of fiber and keeps people fuller longer. Try using rye on a sandwich instead of white or wheat.

Japan emphasizes small and colorful portions with seasonal vegetables and fish, with emphasis on the food’s appearance. Start meals with a broth based soup such as miso, and you’ll feel less hungry during the day.

Mediterranean key elements include plant- based foods, healthy oils, whole grains and lean proteins. They use meat sparingly, which plays a supporting role to the rest of the meal.

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear and avoid the people, you might better stay home."   James Michener