Are you amazed by people who live into their 90s and still run marathons? Me too! I couldn’t even run a marathon now and I think I’m decently healthy. These incredible people are a source of fascination for health and diet professionals too. Physician Steve Bowers and his wife, Elizabeth Shimer Bowers have co-authored a book called Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People. In it are the results of their examination of the eating habits of dozens of “elderly” fit and healthy people including cheerleaders, skydivers, and world record sprinters in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. The results show that across the group there were certain foods that featured regularly in their daily menus, over and over. Here are the foods the world’s healthiest people eat every day:
All varieties of nuts are good for you, but almonds are the best. They are packed with healthy fats, protein, and fibre. They are an excellent snack food and add crunch to salads, oatmeal, and yogurt. Almond milk and almond flour also have many uses.
Ginger has been used in ancient Chinese and ayurvedic medicine for centuries because of its magical properties. Ginger has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and is a great digestive aid, can help prevent blood clots, can help lower cholesterol, and help control blood sugar levels. Ginger is extremely versatile and can be used in so, so many ways.
3. Fermented Foods
These have been having a moment for some time now. Since we realized how good fermented food is for us we can’t get enough. If you haven’t added pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, or kombucha to your diet yet, why not? They are loaded with probiotics that enhance those already in your gut.
4. Dark Chocolate
A girl has to have her chocolate, right? You can’t deny yourself everything that isn’t good for you, and dark chocolate is a sweet treat that not only tastes as good as sex but also has some great healthy benefits. Just don’t overdo it and be sure to pick a brand that is made from cocoa butter rather than milk solids and cocoa powder.
Leafy green veg are so good for you, but many people don’t much like kale, spinach, and cabbage. Broccoli is a much more taste-friendly veg and has lots of excellent nutrients your body needs including vitamins C, B6, and A, fiber, potassium and protein. It’s awesome in site fries, steamed, or even roasted. If you’re steaming or roasting, eat it with some olive oil and lemon zest.
Some class blueberries as the king of berries. All berries are really nutritious, but blueberries pack a punch. 1 cup contains, Fiber: 4 grams, vitamin C: 24% of the RDA, vitamin K: 36% of the RDA, and manganese: 25% of the RDA. Eat with Greek yogurt (or Kefir for the probiotics) for a delicious breakfast or snack.
7. Chai Seeds
I have to admit I really can’t stand these things. I have never been able to get past the texture even though I know they are one of the most nutritious foods out there. These power-packed seeds aid digestion, build strong bones, and keep your heart healthy.
Other foods that the healthiest people in the world eat include black pepper, cumin and popcorn.