Is rice still the mainstay of the Japanese diet?
It is true that many Japanese feel like eating rice at least once a ｄay, although some have bread for breakfast and noodles for lunch.
The following Table of Food Suppply and Demand from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries indicates the daily amount of rice and flour consumed per capita.
1960 1980 2001
Rice 314.9 grams 216.3 grams 174.2 gsrams
Flour 70.6 grams 88.3 grams 87.9 grams
The above chart shows that while the level of rice consumption has greatly decreased, that of flour has stayed almost the same.
In fact, the diet of the Japanese has become increasingly dependent on other ingredients such as meat, dairy products, and fruits rather than carbohydrates such as rice and bread.
A survey reveals that in 2001, people ate 5.3 times as much meat, 4.2 times as much milk and dairy products, and twice as much fruit as in 1960.