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Japanese food is a nutritious, low-calorie choice for dieters. Japanese can be one of the most nutritional and healthy cuisines, with only a few fattening dishes, such as tempura, teriyaki, katso, and sukiyaki. If eaten in the balance that the Japanese apply — heavy on the vegetables and light on the fats and meats — Japanese food can be a dieter’s dream.

Portions are small in Japanese restaurants, and rice and noodles are the foundation. Cooking techniques are most often broiling, steaming, braising, or simmering — all of which generally produce low-calorie and lowfat dishes.

Choose more of these:

  • Clear broth

  • Miso (fermented soy)

  • Miso dressing

  • Mushimono (steamed)

  • Nabemono (a one-pot dish)

  • Nimono (simmered)

  • Sashimi

  • Sushi

  • Udon (noodles)

  • Yaki (broiled)

  • Yakimono (grilled)

Eat less of these:

  • Agemono (deep-fried)

  • Katsu (fried pork cutlet)

  • Sukiyaki (a one-dish meal made with fatty beef)

  • Tempura (batter-fried)

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Jane Kirby, RD is a registered dietitian and member of the American Dietetic Association. She is the food and nutrition editor of Real Simple magazine and owner of The Vermont Cooking School, IncTM in Charlotte, Vermont. Jane is the former editor of Eating Well magazine and the food and nuitrition editor for Glamour. She served on the dietetics staff of the Massachusettes General Hospital in Boston, where she  completed graduate work in nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount College.

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest group of nutrition and health professionals. As an advocate of the profession, the ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

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