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#35 - LIVE TO 100

  • Japanese people are more likely to reach 100 years of age than anyone else in the world. Some researchers believe their diet plays an important role.
  • Dr Craig Wilcox, an American gerontologist, has spent years investigating the people of Okinawa (southern islands off Japan). He attributed the benefits of lower risks of heart disease and cancer to their local diet:

    -   3 servings of fish/week
    -   daily serving of wholegrains
    -   abundance of vegetables
    -   tofu and soy products
    -   seaweed
    -   squid and octopus
    -   turmeric
    -   jasmine tea
  • Other regions with long-standing residents, the Nuoro province of Sardinia, the Greek island of Ikaria, and the Seventh Day Adventists of Loma Linda, California have diets with similar foundations - lots of fish, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrains, and less (or no) red meat, dairy or sugar.
  • Can you eat your way to a century?
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