There is a radical theory out there that says we can eat our way to better health.
Okay, it might not necessarily be so radical and out there. After all, the Japanese can live for more than a century, and the only real difference appears to be dietary. Some people should live longer but have bodies break down because of their diet.
It makes sense that at food is at least a factor in overall health and longevity. With that as our core assumption, what would then be the healthiest foods to eat?
One choice would be apples.
Apples have antioxidants, slowing the ageing process and helping prevent some diseases. The fruit can also contribute to reducing levels of bad LDL cholesterol, while also increasing good HDL cholesterol. The adage about apples a day is true – the science says so!
If you love blueberries, you’re in luck!
These little fruits are rich in fibre and antioxidants. Phytonutrients are also in abundance. While these chemicals may not be necessary, they can help maintain the body’s functions and prevent disease.
Blueberries also help slow down cognitive decline as you age. Regularly eating them might also kerb obesity.
Grab some almonds.
Almonds are nutrient-rich. Each of those little nuts has a dose of magnesium vitamin E, fibre, calcium, and riboflavin. Some studies suggest they might even maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
As a nut, they’re also chock full of protein, making them a great and filling snack.
There’s a saying that if food is good for you, it tastes awful. Broccoli is living proof of this.
These vegetables are rich in fibre and calcium, have potassium and folate. Broccoli also has phytonutrients, compounds that can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies suggest that broccoli might even lessen the possibility of some cancers.
Finally, broccoli contains vitamin C and beta-carotene. A single 100-gram serving of broccoli is enough to cover the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C and then some.
One of the reasons the Japanese seem to live so long is a very fish-heavy diet.
Oily fish species like salmon, trout, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids that provide benefits for the heart and the nervous system. The oil is often concentrated in their tissues and stomachs and can help combat inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Oily fish also contain vitamin A and D.
If you’ve been avoiding avocados due to the high fat content, stop.
Not all fats are bad. Monosaturated fat is the right kind of fat, and 75% of all calorie content in the avocado is this type.
At the same time, you’ll be getting a dose of the B vitamins, along with K and E. Avocadoes also have a high fibre content, can help lower blood cholesterol levels, and may have applications for the treatment of hypertension and diabetes.
On top of these, you can also add the obvious ones. Whole grains for better digestion. Other fruits and vegetables, because everyone knows they’re good for you by now. The right cuts of meat are also lean and are still the best source of protein.
Okay, so you might not be able to eat your way into immortality. You can eat your way to better quality of life, at least!