August 11, 2015

Senior diet

There are a few places across the globe where centenarians seem to thrive—Greece, Japan, Sardinia, California, and Costa Rica are a few. Researchers have been looking into what each of these “Blue Zones” have in common, and it turns out, much of the trends come down to diet. As Americans all too familiar with greasy fast food diets, let’s take a closer look at what’s working to increase longevity in each of these regions:

  • Ikaria, Greece: Known as “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” Ikaria’s dietary staples include feta cheese, wild greens, potatoes, goats’ milk, legumes, honey, lemons, herbs, and small amounts of fish.
  • Okinawa, Japan: With the highest ratio of centenarians worldwide, their longevity-promoting diets include tofu, brown rice, bitter melons, mushrooms, green tea and garlic.
  • Sardinia, Italy: Boasting an unusually high percentage of centenarian men, this area’s longevity may be a result of a shepherding lifestyle, with a shepherd’s diet to match: goat’s milk, sheep’s cheese, fennel, chickpeas, almonds, tomatoes, wine and milk thistle tea.
  • Loma Linda, California: A particular religious community makes the grade through a “Biblical” diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts, and drinking lots of water. Dietary choices specifically promoting longevity include beans, oatmeal, salmon, soy milk, and whole wheat bread.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: Corn, squash and beans, along with bananas, peach palms, papayas and yams top the list of staples for this Meso-American culture.

To learn more, check out The Blue Zones, authored by Dan Buettner of National Geographic, and listen to a recording of an interview with the author.

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