Eat Street: How the world portions its meals
We know Indians love their food, and oodles of it, but how does the rest of the world eat? Here’s a look...
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Japan: A Japanese saying, hara hachi bu, meaning “eat until you are 80 percent full”, sums up the country’s attitude towards food portions. Naomi Moriyama, who co-authored Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets Of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen, says that, through “beautiful portion control”, an average Japanese eats about 25 percent fewer calories per day than an average American. A traditional meal in the country is served on separate small plates and bowls, instead of a big plate, encouraging diners to have a small tastings of multiple items. Perhaps no mere coincidence that, at 83.7 years, Japan enjoys the highest life expectancy in the world?