The people of the world’s five Blue Zones have much in common, including regular natural movement, community, and a lack of chronic stress. But, as we saw in the 2023 Netflix documentary Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones, one of the biggest factors that links them all together is diet.
Across Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, Ikaria in Greece, Nicoya in Costa Rica, and Loma Linda in California, people are eating a heck of a lot of plants. Their diets consist of mostly vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, and legumes—in other words, plant-based, whole foods.
But eating this way doesn’t have to be exclusive to certain parts of the world. Most of us can easily incorporate more nourishing foods into our diet. Below, we spoke to three nutrition and medical experts to get their top picks for the best foods for longevity, and all of them—from berries to nuts—are simple ingredients you can find in most grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
Excerpted from Veg News