Want to live a long life? Try the traditional Okinawa diet, which helped islanders live to 100

    The Japanese diet is famed the world-over for promising those who follow it a long life. That’s because according to the United Nations, the Japanese population includes the largest number of people aged 100 and over in the world. But if you drill down into the Japanese story of a little further, you’ll see that part of Japan’s longevity fame actually derived from Okinawa: the destination that used to have the largest proportion of centenarians in Japan, before traditional dietary habits changed.  Okinawa is a Japanese island belonging to the Ryukyu Islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan's mainland. As the name suggests, it’s here where the traditional Okinawa diet originated. It’s also associated with the eating habits of the indigenous people of Ryukyu Islands, Japan. “There are so many centenarians in Okinawa. They generally have a low risk of age-related diseases and, from my understanding, in general, a lot longer life expectancy.” “The Okinawa diet is not technically a low protein diet but it is a ‘lower’ protein diet that contains a higher amount of carbohydrates,” says Joel Feren, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Read more here >>>

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