Research: Mice Healthier with Japanese Diet
The standard American diet's (SAD) streak of defeats continues. According to the Associated Press researchers from Tohoku University determined the traditional Japanese diet (touted as the reason for low levels of obesity in Japan) is healthier than the American diet. Kozo Mizoguchi reports:
A nutritionist created two menus comprising 21 typical foods from the United States and Japan, according to reports of the study seen by The Associated Press.
Each meal, freeze dried and mixed into powder, was given to eight mice for a period of three weeks, the reports showed.
The American menu included hamburgers and fried chicken, while the Japanese menu included sashimi, or raw fish, and rice porridge.
The study found that several genes that work to break down cholesterol and fat were 1.5 times more active in the mice which received the Japanese menu as opposed to those fed with American food.
The study also found that the level of cholesterol was 10 percent higher in the American-food fed mice.
But Mizoguchi reports the future is uncertain:
Health experts, however, are worried about rising rates of obesity, especially among young people who prefer fast food.