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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: Avoid regular tofu consumption??
Date: July 19, 2008 at 7:40 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Avoid regular tofu consumption?? posted by Dave on July 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm:

Those numbers on the Okinawans are not correct and I would not consider that site an accurate source of health information.

Here is the actual numbers from a recently published study. Total legumes including soy and all other beans was 70 grams per day, which is just over 2 ounces.

Caloric Restriction, the Traditional
Okinawan Diet, and Healthy Aging
The Diet of the World’s Longest-Lived People and Its Potential Impact on Morbidity and Life Span
Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1114: 434–455 (2007).

TABLE 1. Traditional dietary intake of Okinawans and other Japanese circa 1950

Total calories 1785
Total weight (grams) 1262
Caloric density (calories/gram) 1.4
Total protein in grams (% total calories) 39 (9)
Total carbohydrate in grams (% total calories) 382 (85)
Total fat in grams (% total calories) 12 (6)
Saturated fatty acid 3.7
Monounsaturated fatty acid 3.6
Polyunsaturated fatty acid 4.8
Total fiber (grams) 23

Food group Weight in grams (% total calories)

Rice 154 (12)
Wheat, barley, and other grains 38 (7)
Nuts, seeds <1 (<1)
Sugars 3 (<1)
Oils 3 (2)
Legumes (e.g., soy and other beans) 71 (6)
Fish 15 (1)
Meat (including poultry) 3 (<1)
Eggs 1 (<1)
Dairy <1 (<1)

Sweet potatoes 849 (69)
Other potatoes 2 (<1)
Other vegetables 114 (3)
Fruit <1 (<1)
Seaweed 1 (<1)
Pickled vegetables 0 (0)
Foods: flavors & alcohol 7 (<1)

In Health

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