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Ten Longevity Diet Choices Regularly Made by 100+ Year Olds

Want to live to a ripe old age? Try on these longevity diet options for size.

Florence Baldwin, Britain’s oldest woman who has just turned 113, credits her longevity to a daily fried egg sandwich.

And while medicine can tell you exactly what shortens your lifespan (smoking and being overweight come to mind) researchers have for along time struggled to identify things that contribute to living longer.

Eating healthy can certainly help… but just what types of foods should you choose? And can what you eat really impact how long you live?

You might take a suggestion or two from the ten different food choices revealed by centenarian’s when asked about the secret to their longevity.

1) Herring and orange juice – is the secret of 115-year-old Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, the herring is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids known to be beneficial to your heart and cardiovascular system. Her glass of orange juice a day provides vitamin C and a whole load of antioxidants.

2) Vegetables – green veggies are the staple of a good diet and offer a lot of key vitamins and minerals like iron, carotene and dietary fiber. A variety of these healthy foods cut the risk of cancer and heart disease, and are a regular part of the menu for 120-year-old Mariam Amash.

3) Custard cakes – might seem out of place on a list like this, but 114-year-old Mitoyo Kawate swears by this very sweet treat… and who can argue with her? Experts do concede that as a part of a healthy, balanced diet, a few sweets now and then aren’t generally troublesome and can make a stricter diet in other places easier to maintain.

4) Alcohol – in moderation is the secret of 113-year-old Lucy d’Abreu. A few drinks have been shown to bring down the risk of heart disease; but alcohol intake has also been linked to cancer and too much drinking is known to bring a variety of health complications. Moderation is key.

5) Sausage in bread – was the extravagance of rural Ukrainian Hryhoriy Nestor, though conventional wisdom balks at eating processed meat… doing so hasn’t hurt this still active elder. Experts insist such foods should only be part of a balanced diet that includes lots of veggies and plenty of regular exercise.

6) Bread, dripping, salt – perhaps living over 100 came in spite of this highly unhealthy diet choice, known to up the risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. Still Yorkshire woman Ada Mason swears this is the secret to having celebrated 111 birthdays… and counting.

7) Porridge – Scotswoman Annie Knight, 111 years old, starts her mornings by eating this traditional Scottish breakfast, giving her body a regular dose of fiber. Adding milk makes porridge full of other nutrients like calcium too.

8) Boiled rice and chicken – is a great source of starch and low fat protein, as well as supplying fiber, vitamins and minerals. At age 114, Yukichi Chuganji, who doesn’t like vegetables, continues to enjoy this meal regularly instead.

9) Cottage cheese – a good source of calcium, and other essential nutrients, important to your bones, teeth and body health, this food is the favorite of the world’s oldest woman, Sakhan Dosova, who has just reached an astonishing 130 years old.

10) Donkey milk – while you won’t find this in the dairy cases at your local grocery store, 116-year-old Maria Esther de Capovilla, swore the milk she regularly drank as a youngster is the reason she’s lived so long.

As you can see from the list… not all are within the recommendations we’ve come to know. So before you start stocking up on some of the more unconventional “goodies”, it’s important to note that what these remarkable people eat may only be part of the reason they live so long.

Genetics certainly play a role, as do things these people did early in life.

Perhaps what their mothers did while they carried these children, or a lack of stress in early life could be part of the picture. No one knows for sure.

And something else to think about… there’s one other trait that those in the over 100 club have in common, nothing bothers them. A good lesson perhaps for those of us who tend to sweat the small stuff, alongside adopting a longevity diet.

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