Do you really want to live to a ripe old age?
Florence Baldwin, Britain’s oldest lady at 113, says that her longevity is down to her daily fried egg sandwich.
And while medicine can tell you exactly what shortens your life span (smoking and being overweight come to mind) researchers have for along time struggled to identify things that contribute to living longer.
Eating healthy can certainly help but just what types of foods should you choose? And can what you eat really impact how long you live?
So, below is a list of ten suggestions from centenarian’s when asked about the secret to their longevity.
1) Herring and orange juice – is the recommendation from 115-year-old Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper. The herring is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids known to be beneficial to your heart and cardiovascular system. A glass of orange juice provides vitamin C and antioxidants.
2) Vegetables – A variety of these healthy foods cut the risk of cancer and heart disease, and are a regular part of the menu for 120-year-old Mariam Amash.
3) Custard cakes – this suggestion might seem out of place on a list like this, but 114-year-old Mitoyo Kawate swears by this sweet treat and who can argue with her? Experts do concede that as a part of a balanced diet, a few treats now and then aren’t generally troublesome and can make a stricter diet in other places easier to maintain.
4) Alcohol in moderation – This is the secret of 113-year-old Lucy d’Abreu. A few drinks has been shown to lower the potential risk of heart disease. However, alcohol intake has been connected to cancer and too much is known to bring a variety of health complications. Moderation is key.
5) Sausage in bread – This was the suggestion of rural Ukranian Hryhoriy Nestor. Though conventional wisdom would balk at processed meat doing so hasn’t hurt this active elder. Processed foods should only be part of a balanced diet which includes lots of veggies and plenty of regular exercise.
6) Bread, dripping, salt – Perhaps living to over 100 came in spite of this highly unhealthy diet choice. Still Yorkshire woman Ada Mason swears this food is the secret to having celebrated 111 birthdays.
7) Porridge – Scotswoman Annie Knight, 111 years old, starts every day eating this traditional Scottish breakfast. It gives her body a dose of fiber, and adding milk makes porridge full of other nutrients like calcium too.
Boiled rice and chicken – This combination is a great source of starch and low fat protein, as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals. At 114, Yukichi Chuganji, who doesn’t really like vegetables, continues to enjoy this meal regularly instead.
9) Cottage cheese – A great source of calcium, and other nutrients, important for your bones, teeth and overall health. This food is the favorite of the world’s oldest woman, Sakhan Dosova, who has reached an astonishing 130 years old.
10) Donkey milk – while you won’t find this in the dairy cases at your local grocery store, 116-year-old Maria Esther de Capovilla, swore the milk she regularly drank as a youngster is the reason she’s lived so long.
Before you stock up on some of the more unconventional “goodies”, it’s critical to note that what these people eat may only be part of the reason they live so long.
Genetics certainly play a large role, as well as the things these people did early in life.
Perhaps what happened while their mothers were carrying them, or a lack of stress in early life could be part of the picture.
And something else to think about there’s one other trait that Dr. de Grey, whose Methuselah Foundation is funding research into regenerative medicine for aging, says those in the over 100 club have in common, “If there’s one thing we can say about centenarians, it’s that nothing bothers them.
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