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  • Writer's pictureHelen

What do the World's Longest Living Populations Eat?

Blue Zones are areas around the world that have the longest living population, with many inhabitants living to over 100 years of age. The areas include:

  • Sardinia, Italy

  • Ikaria, Greece,

  • Okinawa, Japan

  • California, Loma Linda

  • Nicoya Penisnsula, Cost Rica

The blue zone diet mainly consists of 65% complex carbohydrates, 15% proteins and 20% fats. Which includes:

  • 95% of the food is fruit, vegetables, grains, beans, seeds, nuts and herbs

  • 5% is animal protein

  • Up to 3 portions of fish per week

  • They have no cow's dairy but some include sheep or goat's milk/products

  • Locally grown, whole food

  • Seasonal food

  • Every day they eat some beans

  • They don't add sugar to food but eat natural sugars through fruit and vegetables

  • They drink mainly water although some do have coffee, tea and red wine (in moderation)

  • They eat two handfuls of nuts per day, with no added sugar or salt

  • Traditionally prepared, unprocessed food

  • They eat sourdough or 100% wholewheat bread

  • Eat eggs 2-4 times per week

What else do they do?

  • Have active outdoor lifestyles

  • Have a purpose in life

  • Low alcohol intake, no smoking

  • Less drugs medications or vaccines

  • Embrace being part of a community

  • Engage in spiritual beliefs


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