The longest lived people in the world live in Okinawa. What is their secret? Well, it isn't a secret and it is more than one thing. Foremost among them is a low fat, whole food plant based diet, with nearly 70 percent of calories coming from sweet potatoes. You may be surprised to learn that only about 3% of calories come from fish, other meats or dairy. Rice, beans, vegetables (including sea vegetables), and fruit make up the remainder of their diet. You will find similar diets in other long lived groups around the world, such as the vegetarian and vegan Seventh Day Adventists in the USA.
In addition, they have a good social network, a spiritual outlook on life, and get plenty of exercise.
Most centenarians definitely do NOT eat the standard American diet or even the modern Japanese diet, which increasingly includes meat, oil, dairy, eggs, sugar and other unhealthy foods which results in more cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.
To help us ALL learn how we can avoid the most common diseases and live a longer, healthier, happier life is Dr. Michael Greger with this year's (fun!) annual presentation:
"More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing the Most Common Diseases"-
This video has had over a million views on YouTube already. Thanks Doc!
Be happy. Be well.