Low carb diets are drawing attention everywhere, and many people seem to be obsessed with the idea that we need to avoid carbs including whole grains. On the other hand, brown rice is considered to be the most balanced food and recommended highly by the macrobiotic diet. Which should we listen to?
A lot of people around me don’t seem to be happy with the name judging from Facebook comments. If we interpret rei as commands or order, it sounds militaristic like harmony is ordered by the government. Considering the philosophy of our prime minister Abe, it isn’t surprising that he wanted to imply it in the name.
In January this year, there was a TV program in Japan where they held an election of the top 10 healthiest foods. 300 Japanese doctors were invited to take part in this election.
Japan is considered to be one of the healthiest countries in the world, and I think it is a lot to do with our traditional diet which was influenced by Japanese natural philosophies where many of the martial arts and oriental medical practices such as Shiatsu and acupuncture are based on. However, recently many doctors who practice Western medicine began speaking out on this topic and intestines are thought to be crucial in our well-being. So what do these Japanese modern medical practitioners have to say about our diet?