Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Healthiest Eating Plan and Diet To Increase Life Expectancy

As research continues to find the most healthy and beneficial way to eat, most leading researchers and health advocates agree that the simple observation of two main cultures have given us the best clues. They are the societies bordering the Mediterranean Sea and those of the Okinawa’s of Japan. The two regions(esp. Sardinia and Okinawa) are believed to have the highest number of centenarians (persons over the age 100yrs) and also the highest average life expectancy with most enjoying long, active, fully productive lives into their 90’s and 100’s. Their diets have been shown to decrease the aging process, reduce the incidence of many chronic degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease and dementia. People who follow these diets tend to live longer, healthier lives. The basic diet is one that includes generous amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes with limited consumption of dairy, red meat, sugars and healthy fats. The main sources of protein are fresh fish, legumes, and nuts. The healthy fats are oils like Olive oil which is high in mono-saturated fats. Additionally, there tends to be more of “ceremony” around eating where they savor and enjoy the meal and people around the table while tending to not over-consume and even stop eating before you’re entirely full. The abundance of flavors in many of their foods comes from more liberal applications of herbs to food preparation. Herbs also have many beneficial compounds within them to maintain physical integrity. Some herbs like cinnamon have been shown to contain properties to help regulate, even lower blood sugar. Ginger and turmeric have anti inflammatorycompounds thought to be beneficial to age related inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s. So try incorporating a little more of the Mediterranean style of eating for a longer, healthier, more productive life.

Reference:
Mayo Clinic
BBC News

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Elisa, The Unlikely Housewife said...

Being from Sardinia myself, I can attest to the fact that that's a pretty accurate description of the diet there - except the olive oil, which is used actually pretty generously :-)

Also the dairy that's consumed is usually fresh, from sheep and cows that feed on fresh, aromatic herbs from the Sardinian countryside. Sheep milk and sheep cheese are way more delicious than cow's IMO :-)

TC said...

Good point about the dairy. I need to specify that. To many of the health problems that people face can be partially or substantially attributed to bastardized milk product such as those containing synthetic hormone and antibiotic residues. I've never had sheep's milk but would give it a try. Thanks.

Annie said...

Great post!

TC said...

@ annie. Thank you and thanks for stopping by.