Japan’s government will launch next year a survey on the eating habits of around 10,000 people, in order to check how healthy the Japanese cuisine is, according to the government officials.
The survey will be conducted on a period of three years and it aims to check if Japanese cuisine is indeed healthier than other cuisines, as it has been said to help prevent lifestyle-related diseases due to its low fat content.
The survey will target mainly middle-aged and elderly people, who will be asked to record what they ate every day for a few weeks in each season, the local press reports.
The health state of the participants will be regularly checked through blood samples and data collected on blood pressure and other health indicators.
The most common ingredients in Japanese cuisine are soup stock, dried fish and fermented products including soy sauce and miso paste.
The survey will compare the data by region to look into how the health of participants can differ depending on local dietary habits.
This will be the first study to look into the overall dietary habits of the Japanese, though previous surveys have focused on the relation between specific ingredients and their nutritional benefits, such as catechin in green tea.