Thai

This is a cuisine with cancer-fighting dishes in the form of Tom Yung Gung soup, which is made with shrimp, coriander, lemongrass, ginger and other Thai herbs. These ingredients are shown to have very strong antioxidant properties that inhibit cancer growth. Many elements of Thai cooking are known to boost the immune system and aid digestion. Ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, which regularly feature in dishes, are all known to have been used in Asian medicine to treat a plethora of different complaints and illnesses. Many of the dishes come loaded with fresh vegetables, seafood and have spices added, all of which boost the metabolism and fill the body with vital nutrients.

Tom yam soup

South Korean

Did you know that the average height of a South Korean is some two inches more than that of their northern neighbors? This is due in part to their nutrient-rich diet, which has historically been comparable to or exceeding that of the ‘more developed’ western countries, while evading the saturated fats that have made obesity such an epidemic across Europe and North America. The low fat diet enjoyed by South Koreans heavily features tofu, noodles, eggs and fish and is often accompanied with a side of kimchi, a fermented dish made of vegetables and a variety of seasonings. While Korean barbecue, particularly beef, is one of the nation’s favorite dishes, appetites seem to be more reserved, with the average per capita consumption being 16 pounds of beef per year, compared to the American average of 67 pounds.

Kimchi salad with rice

Spanish

A big part of the reason that the Spanish diet is counted among the world’s healthiest is due to their portion control, with tapas dishes being a common style of eating. Being able to sample a range of different foods at one sitting seems rife for inadvertent gluttony; however when not eaten in a rush, the small portions of tasty, healthful foods will make you feel satisfyingly full well within the calorific limits. The high-fiber, low fat diet includes plenty of beans, vegetables, olive oil, seafood and oily fish, which are all superstars when it comes to weight control and general well-being. Gazpacho is particularly noteworthy as it is full of cancer-fighting lycopene and antioxidants.

Spanish tapas

Swedish

Sweden places good diets at the forefront of its public health crusades. The Scandinavian diet in general is very healthy, with an obesity rate of 11 percent and an average life expectancy of 81 years. The Swedish diet has rather a lack of fruit and vegetables; instead, it is a diet that is rich in dark breads, berries, fish and dairy, which are laden with fiber and antioxidants, and come together to help burn fat. The quality of the food is high: the meat and dairy products come from animals that have eaten well during their lives, thus passing valuable nutrients on to the eater.

Swedish open faced sandwich of sliced boiled egg topped with Kalle’s kaviar and sprinkled with chopped chives.
Swedish open faced sandwich of sliced boiled egg topped with Kalle's kaviar and sprinkled with chopped chives.

Vietnamese

Fresh, vibrant, light and tasty are the words that come to mind when speaking of Vietnamese cuisine. The dishes widely feature herbs and chili, all of which infuse dishes with heath-enhancing nutrients and delicious flavor. Pho is a noodle-based soup rich in antioxidants and nutrients; although it can be quite sizable, it’s low in fat and has easy-to-digest ingredients. Vietnamese noodles are rice-based making them easier to digest than their gluten-based counterparts. Many of the dishes are served with sides such as peppers, green onions, chicken and pork, which are added to the main body of the dish as per the individual’s preference. The ingredients aid digestion, fight inflammation, and, along with the dining style, aid portion control.

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