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  • So is the Japanese breakfast healthier than other countries?

  • Let's find out in this video.

  • So many people tell me that a Japanese breakfast is super healthy.

  • So in this video, I wanted to compare a typical Japanese and breakfast and compared to other breakfast is from around the world US, China, Germany and India.

  • Before I start, though probably worth mentioning that these examples are what people think of as typical for that country.

  • But obviously there are exceptions.

  • With so many different diocese days and ever changing eating habits, it doesn't apply to everyone.

  • But for all intents and purposes, and in order to make this video, I had to narrow down the typical breakfast for each country.

  • Also, if your country wasn't included, let me know what your typical breakfast is and how it's sex up to Japan and the other countries.

  • And one final note, I had to take some liberties on a few of the ingredients because they just weren't available at the local supermarket.

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  • That all said, Let's get our breakfast on a typical Japanese breakfast.

  • So when you first think of a traditional Japanese at breakfast, then you start off with rice and miso soup.

  • This is a fairly decent sized bowl.

  • This is actually it looks kind of small fits in my hand, but this is kind of like a man sighs a portion.

  • So the basics in the missus soup is usually have seaweed and tofu.

  • This one has a little bit of extra has fried tofu as well.

  • I mean, there's some onions in here, so this is not oh, which is a fermented soybean.

  • It has kind of like an interesting smell, but it is supposedly supposed to be really, really healthy for you, and with a grilled fish, you can get different types.

  • This one that I'm showing you right now is salmon.

  • But you can also get like different dried fish, so they're all very common and then also has another side.

  • You can get some pickled vegetables.

  • In this case, I have some pickled radish and pickled cucumbers, so This is kind of your minimum set breakfast.

  • You'll notice that everything comes in these little bowls and you can kind of mix and match.

  • Sometimes you can get like little tofu.

  • You could get Tomoko yucky.

  • You can kind of, like, mix it up and get like different combinations, But this is kind of like the minimum that you would have in a traditional Japanese breakfast overall concept with, I think a Japanese menu is you have to have kind of like a balanced diet.

  • Do you have your greens?

  • You have your proteins, you have your starch.

  • Also, wanna have something that's kind of easy on the stomach, so it doesn't weigh you down in the morning or throughout the day.

  • That's why you have, like, fermented beans.

  • That's why you have me so soup and surprising.

  • Or maybe not.

  • That, surprisingly, is you don't see a lot of fried food, so that's your traditional Japanese breakfast, which is going to serve as our baseline when we compare to other countries.

  • The American Breakfast Way.

  • Go with your I wouldn't say traditional American breakfast, but I think what you would consider maybe as a typical American breakfast, you have your eggs, you have your sausage and your bacon.

  • You have your hash browns, you have two pieces of toast and then with some butter on the side like this literally is all brown.

  • If you haven't noticed, like, the first thing I see is just a lot of brown and kind of pan fried foods.

  • In fact, I don't see any green here without even looking at the calories.

  • Feels like a very heavy meal that would kind of, like sit in your stomach for a while and there's just a lot of fried food.

  • So you have, like the hash browns that's fried on the pan you have the bacon that's fried in the bacon itself is really fatty.

  • You have the sausages that are quite fatty.

  • Usually when you have your eggs, which also pan fried.

  • I mean, this is a breakfast that I would love and enjoy.

  • I think for a Japanese person, this would be quite heavy.

  • Generally don't like to have all of this fried food, but you will notice.

  • These days, Japanese people will eat eggs.

  • They will eat bread lead sausages, but we'll probably have smaller portions in general.

  • Let's move on to the next breakfast.

  • The Chinese breakfast.

  • Okay, so this breakfast is eaten by 1.4 billion people, so it can't be bad, right?

  • So the first thing that strikes me is that this is a soup based breakfast.

  • The base itself is soy, and then it has a couple of different ingredients, like onions, and then they throw in some spicy chili oil.

  • There's some other vegetables in here, like this one has Pocket Chief in particular.

  • What's really cool is that it also comes with doughnut bread.

  • It's a fried bread.

  • The whole idea of it is you take the bread itself and you dip it in to the soup and then you eat it just like this.

  • Mhm.

  • So comparing it Teoh a Japanese breakfast.

  • You know, it's kind of has its balance.

  • You do have kind of like a healthy soup with a soy based, but then you have kind of like this fried doughnut bread, which is not so healthy.

  • So I feel like it's a little bit heavier than a Japanese breakfast, but a lot lighter than an American breakfast.

  • Another thing that probably point out is, even though this soup doesn't have any like meat inside of it or fish.

  • The soy base is a protein, so it kind of covers your base.

  • So you do have your starts.

  • You have your vegetables, you have your protein, so you know it's pretty balanced meal.

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  • That said, Bring on the next breakfast, the German breakfast.

  • Look at this platter.

  • The first thing that strikes me here is that again, you don't have any greens at all.

  • I'm sure there are people that eat greens like they have lettuce.

  • I think so.

  • What you'll find that's pretty standard is you'll find bread rolls.

  • You'll find cheeses you'll find, like different assortment kind of meat sausages, and you even have, like a boiled egg in the mix.

  • What's also kind of surprising is that for a German breakfast, it's typically served cold.

  • I think this is kind of for that run and gun.

  • Get your food, make it real quick, and then go so you don't want to spend a whole lot of time, you know, just wanna, like, grab it, eat it and go compared to Japan, obviously you'll see that there's a lot of kind of red meat here, but you don't typically find in the Japanese breakfast you do spined eggs, but usually you don't find a boiled egg.

  • But the biggest thing is that Japanese don't have a lot of cheese and dairy and their breakfast.

  • So that's one thing that kind of just super stands out.

  • You wanna have some breakfast?

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  • Let's let me just kind of straighten this meat out a little bit.

  • E think this is pretty much kind of like the standard portion size.

  • It looks pretty standard, but I'm sure there's people that will eat less.

  • And sure, there's people that will lead more.

  • Let's move on to the next one.

  • The Indian breakfast.

  • So looks like this is what Indian people eat for breakfast.

  • Um, well, not all Indian people.

  • Apparently, it depends on where you live in India.

  • This specific breakfast is something that you would find it generally in the north.

  • They use a lot of like flatbreads.

  • This one is Chiappucci.

  • Apparently, it's very common for Indian people to eat curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner and like the first thing that I personally noticed is that you don't have any greens.

  • At least in this particular breakfast that I have, and your main carb is a flatbread.

  • You have curry, which is usually like, quite buttery and oily lots of spice.

  • I mean, it's nice because there's a lot of flavor.

  • This one in particular is really spicy.

  • Take a little E thanks E didn't want to eat it.

  • So comparing this breakfast back Thio Japanese breakfast that generally don't like something with a lot of oil, a lot of butter, a lot of spice and want something light for their breakfast.

  • So I think that's why you don't find curry on a typical Japanese at breakfast.

  • This bread is quite healthy, and it's like a fairly basic bread.

  • There's not a lot of sugar, a lot of butter or anything that is, you know, what would be considered unhealthy.

  • I mean, compared to Rice, I don't think it's that much different.

  • I think just rice is just more common in Japan, and I'm sure there's, like, all different sorts of curry.

  • But the fact that it's curry and look like a flatbread and then sometimes with rice, pretty interesting breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • So what do you think was the healthiest breakfast?

  • Were there any surprises?

  • Let me know in the comments, and here's the calories side by side, given the portions.

  • So based on the calories alone, India comes in first, with the lowest calories, followed by China and then Japan coming in third and surprise, surprise us killing that calorie count.

  • But calories alone probably don't tell the whole story.

  • Looking at a world chart ranking obesity among adults based on the country's population shows the United States ranked the 12th highest, with 36.2% of its adults considered obese.

  • Germany ranking 79th in the world, China at 169th place at 6.2%.

  • Japan ranking at 186.

  • And finally, India, ranking at 189th place.

  • Pretty interesting, given our results from breakfast.

  • Personally, I love the hardiness of the American breakfast, the fried goodness of a Chinese breakfast, three easiness of a German breakfast and all the flavors in Indian breakfast.

  • But it seems like the Japanese breakfast was the most balanced.

  • For example, you have the miso soup and the minerals from the seaweed, the probiotics and the fermented soybeans, like greens, fish from some additional protein and finally, a small bowl of rice.

  • It's not hard to see why.

  • Japanese say it's easy on the stomach.

  • So overall, the variety of dishes and the small portions keeping the calories on a moderate level seem to make a Japanese breakfast.

  • Healthy choice.

  • But what do you think?

  • Anyway?

  • I hope that sheds a little bit more light on how healthy a Japanese breakfast is and how it compares to other countries.

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So is the Japanese breakfast healthier than other countries?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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