Okinawa and its centenarians
Okinawa traditionally is home to one of the longest living populations on earth, and has one of the highest rates of centenarians among their population. While there may be many factors which contribute to this, undoubtedly one of the major factors is their natural diet.
The traditional Okinawan diet was almost exclusively plant-based, with fish, lean meat and dairy making up less than 4 per cent of the diet. This led to very high blood antioxidant rates when tested, which would likely have the effect of tamping down systemic inflammation and the production of Reactive Oxygen Species.
The Okinawa Diet – Living to 100
I am linking below to a video titled “The Okinawa Diet – Living to 100” posted by Dr. Michael Greger, physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues, who publishes videos and blogs at nutritionfacts.org. In the video Dr. Greger discusses many of the aspects of the Okinawan’s traditional diets, and their longevity.
The video is about five minutes in length, and is well worth watching. While we can’t say for sure why the Okinawans live so long, this certainly presents an interesting perspective on a possible connection to diet.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, Okinawa today is becoming more westernized. The traditional ways are disappearing along with their traditional diet.
In the future, Okinawa may not be that different from the rest of us in terms of life expectancy.
Also, I wanted to note that the featured image was taken from a post by dinnerwithweijia.com on a recipe for Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage. Looks pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. Purple sweet potatoes were a staple in the traditional Okinawan diet.
Link to NutritionFacts video:
The featured image was taken from a post by dinnerwithweijia.com with a recipe for Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage.