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Japanese Food is NOT Healthy

  • Published on Jan 25, 2022
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    Wait... Then why does Japan approve so many food additives in the first place?
    Horrifying fact: some studies point out that Japan approves the largest number of food additives in the world. While most countries only have about a few dozens of allowable food additives, Japan is said to have more than 1,500 kinds. Of course not all of them are harmful, but some of them are banned in many foreign countries.
    For example, the food coloring agent called red #2 (included in jelly and soft drinks) is believed to increase the risk of cancer and hives.
    Trans-fatty acids (included in bread and snacks) is said to increase the risk of myocardial infarction, strokes, and dementia.
    The food additives have all been officially approved by the government as “unharmful against humans" after undergoing rigorous investigation, however many scientists in Japan question the following:
    1. The experiments have only been done on animals
    2. They have only tested each food additive one at a time and haven't checked what would happen upon intaking multiple kinds on long terms
    3. Many of these food additives are confirmed by WHO as cancer-causing/brain damaging
    Unfortunately, you may be trading the rest of your healthy life for Japan's colorful and delicious-looking foods.
    *The content is based on personal studies and experience
    There is no intention of denying other theories and cultural aspects
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  • Undomaranel
    Undomaranel 3 months ago +11606

    Just a quick note: #2 as "sharp 2" is a musical interpretation of #. In the States # is read as "number" in that case. Phone# is "phone number", #13 is "number 13". It's historically called a pound sign (as in British pounds) and more recently the hashtag. "Sharp" in music means to raise the note half a step, from G to G# (which is also Ab).

    • J Cerqueira
      J Cerqueira 6 days ago

      @Brian McCrimmon your order is off, the musical note association is its primary function historically.

    • NolieCaNolie
      NolieCaNolie 6 days ago +1

      # is also known as an octothorp, when it comes to web design. Remembered it cause it sounds so silly to me :3

    • Jeff W
      Jeff W 8 days ago +1

      @MCLooyverse I'm glad someone pointed that out. I'm not a musician but it seemed pretty obvious to me that # ≠ ♯.

    • cheezdoodle96
      cheezdoodle96 8 days ago

      In Norwegian we simply call it "square", funnily enough. The sign by itself. We do have words for "sharp", "pound sign", "number" and "hashtag" that we use for the symbol as well, but those automated phone systems will tell ya to hit "square".

    • Feral Shade
      Feral Shade 13 days ago

      @Maverick Law The developers' marketing team is not without a sense of humor. The "#" symbol isn't just key syntax in the C family, but it also has other facets.
      The word "sharp" suggests a refined and streamlined version.
      The symbol in music means that a note is slightly higher in pitch--suggested that C# is an enhanced version of C, but also assuring people they don't have to learn a whole new language.
      Visually, it resembles 4 "+" symbols
      ...which ties it in with it's predecessor: C++
      C++ was named with similar thoughtfulness. "++" being the concatenation syntax in C...literally "increment by 1".
      An ideal way to delicately introduce a better version to an industry that's quite used to working with the original C.

  • Terrence Coccoli
    Terrence Coccoli 3 months ago +6322

    I love how he speaks truth, no matter what it is. The integrity meter is off the scales with him

    • Mysta
      Mysta 3 days ago

      @Edegaru this some mad mental gymnastics

    • Blake H
      Blake H 22 days ago

      @Jireh Emanuel you

    • BigHit Entertainment
      BigHit Entertainment 25 days ago

      @Jireh Emanuel Japan*

    • Alfred Hitchcook
      Alfred Hitchcook Month ago +1

      Integrity? He titles the video one thing, and talks about something else entirely. No one is talking about highly processed food with dozens of preservatives when they say “Japanese food is healthy”.

  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 3 months ago +2322

    Respect for having the integrity to show the cons of Japan, no country is perfect.

    • Pickle
      Pickle 13 minutes ago

      Can’t stand people blindly worshipping Japan as a paradise, negating all of its flaws pushing people to insanity.

    • No Brakes
      No Brakes 8 days ago

      @第二言語が学んている日本語である it's a joke

    • Royal Roamer
      Royal Roamer 8 days ago

      @BintangGA FAX

    • 第二言語が学んている日本語である
      第二言語が学んている日本語である 9 days ago

      @No Brakes It's not the 1940s, history is irrelevant to this topic.

  • Carl Angelo
    Carl Angelo 3 months ago +1666

    I didn't think the food was literally healthy, I always thought that people meant, Japanese people had healthier eating habits than most countries, which I think is still true.

    • badfoody
      badfoody 7 hours ago

      To be fair though
      Their food food
      The food they prepare. Is all really healthy.

    • Saladmancer
      Saladmancer Day ago

      @fs dds the meal of champions

    • Cafelogis
      Cafelogis 3 days ago

      Japan just doesn't really have an obesity issue because of portion sizes.

    • S M
      S M 9 days ago

      @Wesley Wyndam-Pryce In general I think centrists are wishy-washy, but on this particular issue i do think a middle ground is the best. There’s clear reasons why both complete individualism and complete collectivism are harmful

    • Feral Shade
      Feral Shade 11 days ago

      @Batman it's been a couple decades since I revisited the research about this... and I was shocked to discover, what was initially obscure trivia is now common knowledge and frequently discussed. All the same, I went to WebMd as I've come to rely on them as an objective source in other things (I didn't want to fall into the same trap as all those cancel-culture crusaders who scream poorly supported rhetoric about anti-GMOs, or pro-marajuana, etc)
      It turns out, you're right, the studies are inconclusive. but not entirely. Yes, there's little data that addresses whether or not 0 calorie sweeteners promote or inhibit one's appetite directly.
      But indirectly is another story. The data was only speculative when it came to the use of diet soda a means to lose weight... that was not a consistently observed effect or explicitly tested.
      The part was consistently observable in multiple studies was that people who drink diet soda DID gain weight. The reasoning is gray area, maybe those thousands of people had common lifestyles, sweet tooths, were psychologically vulnerable to the word, "diet" on the can, who knows.... But regardless, they did in fact gain weight.
      It's not like that 70s salt scare in which a study of 100 already-obese people consumed salt and developed heart problems. So sodium was declared "evil" for everyone in the US for generations
      ... No with diet soda were'talking multiple studies with thousands of people that drank diet soda and somehow all gained weight.

  • Samwell Ciborowski
    Samwell Ciborowski 3 months ago +109

    I think majority of folks know brightly coloured, processed unnatural foods are typically bad for you. When I think of the healthiness in Japanese cuisine, I think of the smaller portion sizes and contents of a homemade meal. There is great use of lean meat such as fish and chicken, and a variety of vegetables with meals. Although I have noticed that pan frying is often the choice as ovens don’t really exist per say, it seems to be a lot less…. Overboard than western countries. There’s also less emphasis on takeouts and fast food. Going out for food in Japan is often really no different than homemade.

  • Cameron Eridan
    Cameron Eridan Month ago +47

    "most countries have a couple dozen approved additives" no... Most countries approve most of the European food additives list ("E numbers") which has hundreds of entries. Not all of them are approved anymore but most are.

    • Italia
      Italia 7 hours ago

      I am Italian, every time I look at the ingredients label of any food product I only see a very limited variety of "e"+(number) additives, i think most don't exist anymore but the ones that still exist kept their name so it still goes above around 400

  • MR. Pissed off
    MR. Pissed off 3 months ago +76

    I’ve never liked packaged food, so if I do visit Japan, I would be eating at the restaurants.

    • Italia
      Italia 7 hours ago

      In restaurants they can use food with additives as ingredients like soy sauce or ham, even frozen food such as fish fingers or fries.

    • Oatmeal
      Oatmeal 10 days ago +4

      There's.... Still additives there too though.
      Generally not as many, but it's far and away from a meaningful reduction honestly

  • Boudewijn Sandgren
    Boudewijn Sandgren 3 months ago +76

    When testing toxic substances on animals we take the NOAEL(No observable adverse effect level) of that animal and use it to make a ADI(Accaptable daily intake) by dividing that dosis by a hundred, 10* for the factor animal to human and another factor 10 for safety. This way we can determine a virtual safe dose of the substance in question and thus use it in product. A lot of work goes into testing the safety of these substances and we don't test it on humans because out of safety reasons, we don't want to use human test subjects and the dose we are allowed to use is probably even lower then we are allowed to take. Furthermore toxins are hard to research because of the many variables that come into play, some people react less to a toxin then others.
    Hope this helps

    • _____
      _____ 14 days ago

      Do you have any experience testing for long-term allergy development and microbiome disruption and how it affects the brain? Is that done in any capacity in your field?
      An unhealty microbiome is linked to all sorts of health problems from mental illnesses to autoimmune disorders that can cause severe damage.
      I have a feeling those are largely ignored by the broader food industy

    • Boudewijn Sandgren
      Boudewijn Sandgren 3 months ago +8

      @StrawberryNinja Nibbles Food technologists in general

    • StrawberryNinja Nibbles
      StrawberryNinja Nibbles 3 months ago +4

      When you say “we” who are you referring to? USA? Japanese scientists? Etc

    • ain miky
      ain miky 3 months ago +3

      Thank you for this

  • Hans Lidlwagen
    Hans Lidlwagen 3 months ago +131

    "Japanese food is not healthy."
    Japanese people: Lives till 90

    • Nationwide Shipping Unbox
      Nationwide Shipping Unbox Day ago

      @hidewhite2 what?

    • hidewhite2
      hidewhite2 5 days ago

      They use harmful additives but not the same as simply saying "Japanese food is not healthy."

    • Desert Moon lee
      Desert Moon lee 11 days ago +5

      The boomers live longer. Trust me our generation and younger are screwed and we will probably face new diseases and cancer rate is so high in east asia

    • Jay
      Jay 13 days ago +9

      They also have amongst the highest cancer rates in the world.

  • Debabrata Mandal
    Debabrata Mandal 3 months ago +15

    This is an important eye-opener. True, i have often wondered whether the many colourful foods in Japan and deep fried staff like tempura or takoyaki or tonkatsu are indeed harmful or not? But then, i wished away the thought by telling myself that the Japanese represent a careful and health-conscious culture, so there must be some safeguards that we do not know. Now it seems my suspicion has been validated.

  • Sara Felix
    Sara Felix 3 months ago +8982

    So, the idea that "Japanese food is healthier", is not because of production. It's talking about Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine uses a lot more vegetables and lean meats like fish than most traditional cuisine, and less "fatty" fried foods than other cultures. (We now know that fat is not necessary bad, and that sugar is a bigger contributor to poor health outcomes.) There is also a general assumption that Japanese processed foods and candies use "less sugar" than Western Foods. This may be true for some foods, but not for others, and most Japanese candy has just as much sugar as Western candy. If you were eating homemade Japanese dishes, then yes, Japanese food is %100 healthy and delicious!

    • Sxkes
      Sxkes 8 days ago

      @Klavier Gavini can tell u never lived in japan

    • Night_Fiend6
      Night_Fiend6 13 days ago

      One problem. Sugar is in a lot of Japanese foods, teriyaki sauce is just sugar melted in soy sauce for example.

    • Ryu Lightorb
      Ryu Lightorb 14 days ago

      @Twinkies Nails I thought the average salt intake of Japanese people was like 3800mg of salt which isn’t that much and is in the ideal 2300-4000 range.
      Am I missing something is the average I read off?

    • Ryu Lightorb
      Ryu Lightorb 14 days ago +1

      @Postal neither are carbs be people demonise them.

  • Zack
    Zack 6 days ago +1

    I think you’ll be fine eating there when you visit, it seems the food additives are only really dangerous when used after a period of time

  • [message family styled]
    [message family styled] 3 months ago +6

    I view Japanese food like Sushi, beef, authentic ramen, and other meals made with fresh Meats and Veggies were healthier especially their high quality eggs, the same way I view my own heritages Mexican food. Of course frozen foods, processed foods, and cheap fast foods are going to be full of potential garbage no matter where it comes from!

    • badfoody
      badfoody 7 hours ago

      The video is talking about junk food

  • Jirachi
    Jirachi 2 days ago

    I remember going into an "Otaku" shop in the UK with imported anime/manga figures, merch, etc. I was mostly in the market to get some Japanese sweets and snacks I saw people trying on RU-clip. At the time I was big on avoiding E numbers and other questionable additives... Looked on the back of some gummies and the amount of crap in the ingredients section scared me. They were basically just Japanese Haribo, no idea why there was so much added stuff. Looked at some other things (chips, gum, juice) and they all had other additives which would give anyone heart disease someday. Noped out of the food section real quick.

  • Red Scharlac
    Red Scharlac 16 days ago +2

    Japanese dishes sound pretty healthy especially because they include seafood as a lean protein but l still don't feel convinced because of the insane amounts of ocean pollution. We all consume microplastics all the time even when not eating seafood. I can't imagine how much worse it is when your main food source has to share the same space with giant masses of plastic floating around.

  • Kelsey Smith
    Kelsey Smith 3 months ago

    One of my favorite foods in the world is one of these unhealthy foods. Great grandma Kikko would add Daikon radish to maki rolls or just serve it as a side snack when we went to see her. Found out that it was coated in saccharine a cancer causing chemical but even with this knowledge i still eat it (granted in much much smaller portions than I use to)

  • Teku
    Teku 2 months ago +1

    I work in a food factory here in Japan (7/11 and family mart) and let me tell you something.
    We spray everything with alcohol.
    My friend even joked "it tastes so clean!" 😂

  • Chantell Germain
    Chantell Germain 23 days ago

    Thank you for speaking the truth. Many of know this already and we’ve had to make substitutes and adapt.

  • ThePrettyTomboy
    ThePrettyTomboy 2 months ago +1

    Red #2 used to be so common in juice drinks in the USA, but those drinks always made me sick. Interesting to find out it's actually known to be harmful.

    OK VIOLA 7 days ago

    This is a really fantastic, informative video. There are so many videos on how Japanese food is healthier. From what I saw it wasn’t healthier but there was MUCH more selection of vegetables, affordable fresh meat, fish, and also single-serving containers.

  • AlphaQ
    AlphaQ 3 months ago

    I was most healthy when I traveled in Japan for a month. I was most fit ever in my life and full of energy, and my skin became healthiest it had ever been and slowly degraded to it's bad state when I came back. I'm pretty sure it was because of the food there

  • User 1776
    User 1776 22 days ago +2

    Yet Japan has the second highest life expectancy, largely attributed to diet. So, citizens of Japan at least know to avoid these junk foods.

  • Andraž Frice
    Andraž Frice 14 days ago

    Thanks for taking your time making this video. I myself didn't really think about this before, given that their society has health rules. But looking at it more realistically, their society is based on overworking yourself to death and instant gratification. So it would only make sense for the government to improve this because The sicker people are, the more they can profit from their health and deaths.

  • Brent Langford
    Brent Langford 3 months ago +2528

    This is why I wish all countries stuck to healthier fresh foods but also didn’t tax the agriculture industries so much. Corn and sugar production in the US is subsidized so much that they’ve become filler additives in almost all of our staple foods, which has become a huge issue due to cheap foods being so unhealthy as a result of this. If more fresh foods were more affordable and store and shelves in more preservable ways (like not spraying fresh veggies with water because that actually makes them rot faster) then I think we could start working towards living healthier for everyone

    • Brent Langford
      Brent Langford Month ago

      @Luis Santiago Trestini you still understand that cheap processed foods like Ramen noodles are going to be cheaper and more shelf stable than fresh produce and animal products, no matter how cheap you find said items. My own mother was so poor when I was a young child that even working full time and living in an income based apartment, she still forced herself to survive on a single pack of Ramen a day just to make sure I was fed, the bills were paid, and maybe she’d be able to put back more money to save up for a house, and even then she had help raising me from my grandma, my great aunt, and my great grandmother. So imagine someone who’s got one or two kids now, while being stuck working minimum wage (which is still $7.25 an hour federally) and tries to feed their whole family a balanced nutritional meal without anything going to waste because they couldn’t eat it before it went bad or having to worry about portions being so small their kids are never fed enough to keep from being hungry throughout the day. The main problem is unchecked capitalism and greed which gives more and more power to the rich and takes everything away from those with less

    • Luis Santiago Trestini
      Luis Santiago Trestini 3 months ago

      @Brent Langford A bigger problem in North America is reliance on comfort rather than food costs themselves. Typically in-season vegetables and fruits are much cheaper than you give them credit for, and you can realistically eat a cup of vegetables with every meal composed by a protein and a carb. You can buy 5lbs of carrots for like 5 dollars or less, and brassicas and root vegetables tend to be very affordable as well. Most expenses actually fall on meats, which can be combated by having a lot more vegetable protein in your diet and switching part of your meat consumption for organs and offal, which are cheaper and MUCH more nutritionally dense.
      But it does come at the cost of meal prep and work. I, personally, live with 1 to 2 CAD per serving every meal.

    • Brent Langford
      Brent Langford 3 months ago +4

      @slittio giving what you can to your neighbors is the best way to help increase our general health. Of course it’s more difficult for many people, especially people below the poverty line and the homeless, but it’s a great start. This also decreases our carbon footprint by not having to rely on massive vehicles to transport produce over large distances, and makes sure the food is absolutely fresh. Local consumption is always best!

    • slittio
      slittio 3 months ago +5

      I'm preying for that everyday, i started growing in my own garden and giving some of that food to who ever comes to visit, i also try to avoid buying anything that's prepackaged and can stay "fresh" for months...i hope we can start paying more attention to health than just money and profit, it's all a system, not one person is responsible

  • Jeff Bezos Brain
    Jeff Bezos Brain Month ago

    I always had my suspicions on Japanese food but I always thought it was because of the sodium level. Food additives weren’t on my radar.

  • זהר חננל Zahara Khanan'al

    I've noticed this in a few recent years after watching videos about popular Japanese foods that Japanese people seem to be addicted to processes foods. Japanese food prior to ww2 very healthy, Japanese food after ww2, not so much.

  • YouTube deleted My Account LMAO

    Doesn’t that apply to all factory produced food? I remember my friend told me not to buy canned coffees. They are literally made with just bunch of chemicals.

  • Existential moron
    Existential moron 3 months ago +1

    I always wondered why japanese foods (not the traditional ones) were so wild

  • Robert Platt
    Robert Platt 2 months ago +1

    Many food additives were invented in Japan. Japan has a long tradition of pickling, and when the process fell off in the early 1900s,, stomach cancer fell dramatically.

  • Paula Tanaka
    Paula Tanaka 3 months ago +1

    I worked at a Family Mart dessert factory and I can tell you that it has a lot of food coloring and substances that try to make the fruits and etc last longer. They used to rinse strawberries in pure alcohol, not the drinkable kind... like... pure alcohol

  • Jun Zheng
    Jun Zheng 3 months ago

    I try to visit Japan once a year and I've always had people ask me if the food is healthier? Or tell me the food is healthier and I've always said well it's as healthy as my extra large bowl of Yoshinoya with extra meat can be I guess...
    Food can be healthy or it can be bad for you just like anywhere else.

  • Chicklet Sushi
    Chicklet Sushi 3 months ago

    It is easier to know the harmless additives than trying to remember all of the harmful ones.

  • Lego K
    Lego K 3 months ago +273

    Just for reference, I just looked it up - the U.S. FDA has approved ~ 10,000 additives, which is almost 10 times more than Japan. So those of us in the U.S. shouldn’t be terribly worried about Japanese snacks IMO 😂

    • penny for your thots
      penny for your thots 13 days ago

      @HelljumperODST to be fair, that's probably not because of our food additives, but because of the sugar industry.

    • penny for your thots
      penny for your thots 13 days ago

      There's also the inherent problem of additives not necessarily being unhealthy. Vitamins and minerals are also considered food additives. Like everything with science, it's much more complicated

    • Alfred Hitchcook
      Alfred Hitchcook Month ago

      @ayior It’s true.

    • ayior
      ayior Month ago +4

      I'm German. I don't know if it's true, but a friend of mine always said "There are things the US allows as food additives that aren't even allowed in construction here" XD

  • Nicolò De Lucia
    Nicolò De Lucia 3 months ago

    i appreciate the fact you said that not all addictives are harmful, there is so much chemophobia. thank you

  • Joseph Occeno
    Joseph Occeno 7 days ago

    Initially I thought that my favorite Japanese dish Ebi Shrimp 🍤 (Tempura) was healthy until I realized it was soaked in cooking oil.

  • Jasdan VM
    Jasdan VM Month ago

    Now I know I'm not moving out to Japan.
    Still would love to live there a couple of months, be a punk in a place where you are not supposed to stand out seems interesting...
    I would like if there was a guide to know which brands do not use additives that have been banned in other countries.

  • Sophie Animates
    Sophie Animates Day ago

    I had hives before. All over my legs, it started to sting after a while and I had to take a medical leave from school because my legs were soo stingy and painful that I couldn’t walk without any sharp itchy pain :(

  • Philippos Mousouris
    Philippos Mousouris 3 months ago +229

    In all honesty, many things have the potential to cause cancer/try to kill you, including caffeine.
    I'd advise not to worry too much if you eat processed food, but always prefer fresh options if you can

    • l_ife efi_l
      l_ife efi_l Month ago +1

      @MinecraftMan777 tell me u r bad in logical thinking and reasoning without telling me

    • MinecraftMan777
      MinecraftMan777 Month ago

      @l_ife efi_l wat makes you think US isn't part of the world? If your point is really valid you would be able to give an example in AT LEAST every first world country.

    • l_ife efi_l
      l_ife efi_l 3 months ago +6

      @ain miky wat makes u think US is the world?? Ur so full of urself

    • ain miky
      ain miky 3 months ago +4

      @l_ife efi_l Give me an example. I live here on the States and what japanese foods here are PRIORITIZEd over local products????

  • YamaNeko
    YamaNeko 2 months ago

    That explains why the monthly subscription mixed snack boxes always come with a note from customs stating they took "this" and "this" and "that" out. Been wondering for years about that.

  • Mioco
    Mioco 23 days ago +2

    Well not all the food additives are unhealthy most of them are approved although food additives like food colouring are highly used in most of the countries around the world and as per research Japan has still better and healthier snacks compared to most of the countries
    So no one needs to worry too much about it. Just avoid eating or drinking foods which are too bright in colors. I have this habit of reading packets ingredients and i see in most of them it's written artificial coloring contains which means it's not only Japan but every other countries contain such additives in there snacks

  • Amar Dave
    Amar Dave Month ago

    Imagine how much longer the Japanese would live without these additives. Even without them they have the longest life expectancy.

  • RoyalZarak
    RoyalZarak 8 days ago

    You’re doing God’s work sir and truly care about the future of Japan and it’s people for pointing out these facts.

  • Anvit Mulik
    Anvit Mulik 3 months ago +891

    Talking the truth about our country is appreciative instead of just showing positive aspect about that country

    • Ryan D.
      Ryan D. 2 months ago +4

      @dolimi jotoo Anyone who thinks the FDA is lenient has never been audited by them. They are very strict.

    • Ivanovich
      Ivanovich 2 months ago +9

      @Loyalist To engage in discussion?

    • Loyalist
      Loyalist 2 months ago +1

      @dolimi jotoo Why are we comparing US to Japan again?

    • Gabe
      Gabe 3 months ago +11

      @dolimi jotoo you would be very surprised. A restaurant will get shut down for food poisoning if you're able to prove it. Although when it comes to factories, the line gets blurry

    • dolimi jotoo
      dolimi jotoo 3 months ago +26

      Coming from the U.S., Japanese food standards still seem higher than our Food and Drug Administration

  • Diamond_371
    Diamond_371 2 months ago

    One thing i love about your channel is that you teach so much about a country most westerners have interest in but little drive to learn about themselves, keep up the great wlrk!

  • wsa18
    wsa18 Month ago

    I can imagine that home cooked food in Japan can have healthier components as it seems rather diverse and on top has its fair share of fermented foods on a daily basis compared to many other countries. But yes, store bought meals are never going to supstitute this, no matter where you live. I guess people just thought it's better in Japan due to its general cuisine.

  • Sofia Calista
    Sofia Calista 3 months ago

    in my observation, the japanese practice moderation in general, they can approve all these additives without compromising the health of majority of its population. you cant say that in other countries.

  • Actuallyreallynot Nathaniel

    Idc, much of japanese foods are interesting and tastes great so I'm okay with the risks as long as I can experience all the unique, and cool stuff I can. I'm sure alot of people can agree

  • MeadowsZ
    MeadowsZ 3 months ago +397

    This is a very important topic that I haven't seen covered elsewhere! This is definitely something to consider when convenience store shopping and eating at restaurants while traveling!

  • todd bukauskas
    todd bukauskas 14 days ago

    Thank you for creating HFCS, Japan.
    I hope you are enjoying it yourself today.

  • Feral Shade
    Feral Shade 19 days ago

    Very interesting!
    I'd also wonder about the nutritional value. With relatively smaller portions, compared to some other countries, the total essential nutrients per meal would be all-the-more important.
    I've seen in other people's videos that Japanese homes are often smaller... as are the kitchens and pantries. I imagine it would be difficult to shop for, store, and cook a lot of healthy ingredients. This would lead me to believe that store-bought meals and snacks are popular, as would be eating away from home. I under stand convenience stores, like 7-eleven, are popular in Japan. They are in the US too, but I think the US versions offer a smaller variety of food, more of which is unhealthy. However, if Japanese 7-elevens get more traffic, then it could mean that a greater amount of unhealthy food is consumed by the people overall, even if some its products are freshly made each day.

  • seriously? really?
    seriously? really? 3 months ago +1

    Forget the additives. The amount of salt ( ie soysauce) consumed in Asia leads to high incidence of hypertension

    • Ryan
      Ryan 3 months ago

      And white rice and other refined carbs leading to diabetes and other diseases

  • Anne Vo
    Anne Vo 3 months ago

    Curious how much of these additives the long lived elders in Japan have consumed

  • Oscar Rincon
    Oscar Rincon 3 months ago +39

    "that food can reduce your life expectancy!"
    Me: "you wish to live a long life but is the life you live any different than being dead?"
    *Munches on sushi

    • Oscar Rincon
      Oscar Rincon 28 days ago

      @Ame Green chad meme: “Yes”

    • Ame Green
      Ame Green 28 days ago

      Even if I'll die, I would never go on a diet 🤣

    • PeachieeArts
      PeachieeArts Month ago


    • Oscar Rincon
      Oscar Rincon Month ago +7

      @Avatar Of Sora’s Bedroom just a joke as small diet changes are not too big of a life change. Quote is intended to be for people who are afraid to put themselves at a little risk to live life at its fullest and miss out on it.

    • Avatar Of Sora’s Bedroom
      Avatar Of Sora’s Bedroom Month ago +5

      What about making health food a habit so you don't have to worry about it?

  • Yuminous
    Yuminous 16 days ago

    They like to pack in more flavor in one bite...love the intensity in the flavors

  • En la CdMX
    En la CdMX 3 months ago +1

    In Mexico, the '#' sign is called 'gatito' as it resembles a tictactoe game grid. And 'tictactoe' is known as 'el juego del gato' 😹😹😹 🇲🇽

  • Serko Moryasi
    Serko Moryasi 2 months ago

    You are completely destroying my opinion and what I’ve been taught about Japanese society and culture. And I would like to say THANK YOU!

  • DaiNoShoujoNoYami
    DaiNoShoujoNoYami 3 months ago +129

    The biggest difference between food in the West (Mostly the US) and Japan, is that in the West (US mostly) the portions are at least 2x bigger than they are in Japan. Because of this people lose weight when they go to Japan, and then they develop this misconception because they confuse portion control for healthy food.
    Sorry if I repeated myself there, as I haven't got much sleep lately :/

    • RauchschwalbeLP
      RauchschwalbeLP 13 days ago

      @penny for your thots It is absolutely not about portion sizes. That's just a minor factor. Sugar, fat and a lot of food additives are messing up the bodies of people. And if they don't cook themselves they often rely on fast food, Convenience products and pre-packed meals. Which are all full of junk. And a lot of people eat way too much meat and often cheap one too with antibiotics and what not.

    • penny for your thots
      penny for your thots 13 days ago

      @RauchschwalbeLP but the Obesity crisis is just as bad in a lot of European nations as well, which suggests that there is indeed something about "the West".
      Although I'd argue that it's probably not portion sizes, but sugar intake.

    • shizukagozen777
      shizukagozen777 28 days ago

      The portions are a problem but the food itself is still the worst part of the problem.

    • RauchschwalbeLP
      RauchschwalbeLP 2 months ago +3

      When you mean the US, then just say it. Europe has much smaller portions so I don't know why you refer to the US as "the West" as if there is only the US there.

    • Sam Shah
      Sam Shah 2 months ago +1

      Not just Japan but most Asian countries esp in the east Asia eat less portion than the US. Have you seen how small our McD burgers are in east Asia?

  • John Negri
    John Negri 9 days ago

    Such great information and we are honored to have such a wealth of it.

  • Izuka 、
    Izuka 、 Month ago

    I always wondered how Japanese people consume so much sodium, whenever I make Japanese food I feel dehydrated the next day 😂 but then again I still love shoyu and miso 💕

  • spaghetti
    spaghetti 3 months ago

    I always found suspicious the food items people ate in "trying snacks/candy from japan" videos. It felt too colorful and artificial

  • Dave E
    Dave E 3 months ago

    I always wonder with each countries having different standards, like “what science are they looking at when making these decisions, is it the same?”

    • Ayaka's Sword [1st Sword Of The Seven]
      Ayaka's Sword [1st Sword Of The Seven] Month ago

      Its heavily affected by business. You cant sell to dead people, but you want people to buy your products (for example, afaik one of the reasons jp uses to many additives and stuff, is cuz Japanese are incredibly picky, so the vegetables, bread, etc have to look perfect or nobody will buy it). So basically its how much they can sell without killing you.
      More global examples would be sugar and alcohol. Both are some of the most addictive and horrible drugs, with countless confirmations about how harmful they are, yet alcohol is just somewhat regulated by age, while sugar is in everything.

  • AlphaIkaros
    AlphaIkaros 3 months ago

    Thank you for being open about Japanese food being not healthy

  • N. C.
    N. C. 2 months ago

    Does this apply to Japenese restaurants in the United States. I love eating Ramen and sushi but don't want to put myself at risk.

  • AGW Anmol Gaming World
    AGW Anmol Gaming World 3 months ago +1

    Taking"risk it for the biscuit"to the next level

  • Mugil Vannan
    Mugil Vannan 3 months ago

    If this is true then it's crazy how Japan also has the highest life expectancy, how is it possible if they're eating these unhealthy foods🤷‍♂

  • Lumpy Mushroom
    Lumpy Mushroom 3 months ago +61

    Thank you for sharing every aspect of Japanese culture despite what many foreigners want to believe. I have read so many comments beforehand spouting misinformed nonsense defending or attacking a country's culture they have never experienced or properly researched.
    It doesn't matter where you are, processed food is ALWAYS bad for you!

    • Gusbart
      Gusbart 21 day ago

      @Volinra Its fine to critcize any country and person.

    • Volinra
      Volinra 28 days ago +1

      It's fine to criticize Japan, the country has one of the most horrifying histories in the world.

  • Bo Jaiden
    Bo Jaiden 3 months ago

    And this is why I trust anything this man tells me about Japan

  • Aashna Khan
    Aashna Khan 3 months ago

    This is true ! As a doctor I can say some type of cancers are endemic to Japan esp because of food habits. But this is also true for other countries only difference being the type of diseases being different than Japan.

  • Harada Ch.
    Harada Ch. 3 months ago

    Give me a shock before I knew it was something fancy (at least for me)
    Personally, I only like tradition and home food from Japan like Tempura, ramen, Oyakodon, etc.

  • J Cerqueira
    J Cerqueira 6 days ago

    if we consider the implementation of diet in Japanese culture & the end result--the quality/length of life Japanese have, we find that your posit doesn't add up. like any culture, there's def junk food available, but overall Japanese diet is among the healthiest on the planet, & Japan has one of the longest avg lifespans

  • Daniels 03
    Daniels 03 3 months ago +645

    Plot Twisy: The Japanese government is desperately trying to lower life expectancy

    • Lilly Dean Fitzgerald
      Lilly Dean Fitzgerald 14 days ago

      @Unknown I know that I literally have it

    • Unknown
      Unknown 14 days ago +1

      @Lilly Dean Fitzgerald depression is hurting your brain and that results in a lower life expectancy.

    • Lilly Dean Fitzgerald
      Lilly Dean Fitzgerald 14 days ago

      @Unknown that’s why people who were clinically depressed lived over 100.

    • Unknown
      Unknown 14 days ago

      @Lilly Dean Fitzgerald it does. If you are REALLY stressed every time and depressed, you will live ALOT shorter. Thats why my grandpa is calm and 99 years old

    • Lilly Dean Fitzgerald
      Lilly Dean Fitzgerald 14 days ago

      @Unknown depression has nothing to do with life expectancy.

  • Ofmyownvolition 0404
    Ofmyownvolition 0404 3 months ago

    You sir are a true patriot and hero to your people. Thank you for giving nothing but your honest truth and perspective in all of your videos.

  • Devlin Morin
    Devlin Morin Month ago

    With everyone living to 100+, its hard to think of Japan as unhealthy in any way.

  • Krazy Dog Lady
    Krazy Dog Lady 2 months ago

    Love how you tell it how it is!!

  • Addi
    Addi 3 months ago

    Food additives have been thrust into a negative light for largely no reason. Some may be harmful in large doses, but you dont get those large doses in the foods you eat. Just like popcorn flavoring.

  • Alex Mendez
    Alex Mendez 3 months ago +31

    Thank you so much for your honesty and placing the viewer’s health as your first priority. This was quite shocking, I thought food regulations were stricter in Japan than the U.S. I’ll stick with fresh and delicious Japanese foods 🤤 Thank you again for your sincerity 🙏

    • Bethany Davis
      Bethany Davis 3 months ago +1

      You should also watch out for how food is prepared, no matter how healthy the ingredients. For example: cooking a dish thar has meat with a high fat content and not draining the fat content can cause problems with the heart, and eating so much of that fat at once will cause more problems likely sooner rather than later.

    • Paulo Azuela
      Paulo Azuela 3 months ago +7

      Processed foods in every part of the always had a bad side. Fresh and natural is mostly likely to go which meant for me that I'll have to use natural spices and salt only 😅

    • thebuzzah
      thebuzzah 3 months ago +2

      Except for Kit Kats.

  • Duckie
    Duckie Month ago

    This gives me the motivation to eat all 1500 kinds of japanese foods

  • Adam
    Adam 2 months ago

    So what additives are making Japanese people live so long? I want to know!

  • RoIIingStoned
    RoIIingStoned Month ago +1

    Massive respect for showing the negatives as well!!!

  • Kevin Junger
    Kevin Junger Month ago

    I take you're talking about transformed, industrial food, and yeah, the amount of questional substances is insane. Mind you, here in France, with the recent scandals related to food poisoning via frozen pizzas or chocolate, we're not in position to boast.

  • TheBusyJane
    TheBusyJane Month ago

    The studies that led to the banning of these additives were also done on animals. Processed foods are not healthy no matter where they come from, but consumued occasionally probably won't kill you.

  • Victoria Green
    Victoria Green 3 months ago

    Wow I would have thought the food in Japan would be healthier. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mina V
    Mina V 22 days ago

    Agree. I always love eating Japanese ice cream until I learn to read the labels.

  • Maitreya Jambhulkar
    Maitreya Jambhulkar 12 days ago +1

    I thought Japanese food is healthiest food in the whole world because it has mostly sea food which is highly nutritious for human beings as it has Proteins, Vitamins and minerals.

  • Roger Sheddy
    Roger Sheddy Month ago

    The "#" symbol is interesting.
    You have chosen to pronounce it pa "sharp," which is the musical note designation.
    Most commonly, when placed before a numeral, you say "number, " then state the numeral.
    Finally, is its original usage, very uncommon.
    Placed after a number, it denotes "pound," or "pounds."
    Therefore, #2 (number two)
    2#(two pounds)
    And. B# (B sharp)

  • Altered Ego
    Altered Ego 2 months ago

    You’re right. A quick glance at Japanese food labels shows a huge number of artificial ingredients. Could be their fixation with presentation that drives companies to do this.

  • GigAkuma
    GigAkuma 2 months ago

    Love your channel Shogo it's very informative.

  • Berkana
    Berkana Day ago

    When people say "Japanese food" I think they mean traditional food, not processed food/junk tood, just like when folks say "Italian food" they don't mean packaged/processed foods, except for maybe Nutella and Ferro Rocher chocolate thingies.

  • DaddiWan Kenobi
    DaddiWan Kenobi 2 months ago

    Can’t imagine there’s a list so I can find what to avoid?😬

  • Jack "Shiftymon" Stoutburn

    The only thing I consume regularly (and even less now after a scare) is ramune sodas, the classic and the grape ones…

  • Daniel Stone
    Daniel Stone 2 months ago

    Am I the only
    One that finds his voice soothing he always gets me to stay listening even when I’m not interested

  • にこまふらー ♪ Nicomuffler

    That begs the question, what kinds of Japanese foods are the ones that are unhealthy?
    Because I don't really think eating rice and fish is dangerous...

  • Con Cahill
    Con Cahill 3 months ago

    Japans life expectency is second and only by a slight margin. I'm sure the food is fine and the majority of foods banned by governments and scientists probably has no real backing and that is why they "might" cause these ailments.
    Breakfast as the most important meal of the day is completely fabricated by breakfast cereal companies.

  • Dr. Pepper
    Dr. Pepper 3 months ago

    Moral of The Story : Remember when people used to put sawdust in bread and lead in sauce and drinks so they expire more slowly ? That period didn't pass, they just found a subtler way

  • Jurong Otter
    Jurong Otter 3 months ago

    The dose makes the poison.
    There’s a need to understand the role of additives and preservatives in our foods and that at the levels used in production, it is safe for consumption and will be metabolised by the liver and kidney, safely passing out of the body.
    And there is always a need to remind consumers to eat everything in moderation.
    And of course the tests are conducted on rats, human testing for compounds has long since been banned. The dosages used during the tests are increased to test for its toxicity, at the levels used in food production it is safe for consumption.
    This video is a bit of a food misinformation to be honest.

  • Kove
    Kove Month ago

    Am I knowledged now about food in Japan?
    Am I still going to eat Japanese food because it makes me feel happy inside?
    Also yes.

  • Diana Noonen
    Diana Noonen 3 months ago +41

    The people and culture are amazing. Please continue to bring awareness.

    • RauchschwalbeLP
      RauchschwalbeLP 2 months ago

      @dolimi jotoo Watch the short where he talks about the pesticides in japanese veggies and fruits.😂

    • JoJonoMuskets
      JoJonoMuskets 3 months ago

      @dolimi jotoo That's if you're very health conscious, or you're at a huge risk of diabetes and other diseases/disorders. Moderation in portions (based on both serving size and the amount of additives/ingredients in the nutritional facts) tends to help, but the problem is that most people can't afford moderation, not in their rather dysfunctional lives. As comments mentioned, most U.S folk are sedentary and eat plenty (especially with junk food), thus the obesity problem.

    • dolimi jotoo
      dolimi jotoo 3 months ago +2

      So, basically: Stay away from packaged/processed foods and buy as much fresh food as possible when in Japan.

  • Pavka Petrov
    Pavka Petrov Month ago

    Bulgarian yogurt is mostly sent to Japan. As a Bulgarian I recommend it.

  • crestfire
    crestfire 3 months ago +1

    I think convenient store foods are not healthy but I knew that already. But I'm general I think Japanese recipes are pretty healthy and nutritious food. Cook them in home and they're definitely healthy

  • John C
    John C 3 months ago

    When I think Japanese cuisine, I think Habachi and Sushi which I love.