Did you know, theres a community of Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California that have been studied and researched since the 1950s due to their low disease rate and higher than average life expectancies. More recently, they received their Blue Zone Member status for their high longevity rates.
In fact, five Blue Zones have been identified and they help shed some light on the types of food that will increase your chances of living a very long, healthy life.
Weve seen what the Sardinian centenarians eat. Lets take a look at whats on the menu of this thriving group of centenarians from California:
*Nuts Any kind will do, but Walnuts in particular are the Adventists first choice. Cut your risk of heart disease by as much as half by eating nuts five times a week.
*Fruit Two or more servings a day. Theres a misguided notion that fruit should be eliminated from your diet due to high sugar content. Fruit not only provides antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, but also, much-needed fiber. Fiber is the reason that sugar in fruit is processed differently than refined sugar, and should be included in a healthy eating plan.
*Tomatoes One study of the Seventh Day Adventists of Loma Linda found that women who consumed tomatoes 3-4 times a week reduced their chance of getting ovarian cancer by 70%. 70%!
*Vegetables Veggies should be the cornerstone of your diet and make up the bulk of your eating.
*Whole grains yes, you, can.
And finally, many of the Loma Linda, Seventh Day Adventist centenarians are vegetarian, or at the very least, eat meat very sparingly. (A commonality shared by the Sardinian centenarians) In fact, even among this healthy group in Loma Linda, women who did not eat meat lived 4-5 years longer than those who ate meat on occasion. For men, the difference was even greater. Vegetarian males outlived non-vegetarians by as much as seven years. (Ladies, a reason to adjust your husbands meat consumption one way or the other perhaps?)