Avocados have a long list of health benefits. According to a National Geographic article on the Blue Zones of the World, avocados help lower cholesterol levels and contain 30% more potassium than bananas.
Avocados have also been found to help control weight and reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Note that “Blue Belts” – these are several small areas of the world, where, proportionally, much more than the average, the population of people living much longer than the average is declared.
Beans are a staple food in most of the Blue Zones. Contains healthy amounts of fiber and other nutrients that help fight various diseases.
For example, black-eyed peas are a normal part of the daily diet on the island of Ikaria in Greece. Scientists have discovered that these beans have anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. In addition, they do good to the heart.
The Nicoya community of Costa Rica eats black beans daily, often with rice and corn tortillas. Black beans are rich in fiber and antioxidants. They help with diabetes, prevent cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease.
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The people of Okinawan, Japan regularly eat garlic. Scientists claim that garlic is one of the “most powerful natural remedies”. In addition, garlic helps reduce the incidence of diseases that often come with age.
Scientists have discovered that garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps prevent certain types of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
White potatoes are very popular in Ikaria, Greece, while purple sweet potatoes often go to the Japanese island of Okinawa.
Purple sweet potatoes contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins. They help prevent various diseases. Sweet potatoes also contain vitamins A, B6, C, potassium and fiber.
There is a view that white potatoes are unhealthy because they contain a lot of carbohydrates. But scientists say that white potatoes help prevent diabetes. In addition, it keeps blood pressure low.
Scientists have discovered that extra virgin olive oil is very beneficial for health. Therefore, many people in the Mediterranean who consume such oil are considered to be the healthiest people in the world.
For example, olive oil has been found to help control weight and lower blood pressure. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the risk of certain types of cancer.
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Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They help strengthen the heart and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. These acids also reduce chronic inflammation in the body.
Another area known as the “Blue Zone” is Sardinia, Italy. The locals consume foods such as goat’s milk, tortillas, chickpeas and sourdough in their diet.
Interestingly, sourdough bread is made from whole wheat and live lactic acid bacteria. Experts say that the local yeast baking process converts sugar and glucose into lactic acid.
At the same time, this process lowers the glycemic index, which means that a person will feel fuller and his blood sugar level will not rise.
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Sardinians also like to eat tomatoes. They use them in many places. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it lowers blood pressure, the risk of metabolic syndrome and stroke.
In particular, cherry tomatoes contain higher levels of beta-carotene, which studies have shown can help reduce the risk of developing tumors associated with prostate cancer.
This is probably the best news you have heard all day. In many parts of the Blue Zone, locals drink a glass of red wine every day. At the same time, many people in these areas drink about two glasses a day and the people of Sardinia drink a special red wine – Cannonau.
Some research confirms that red wine can be good for the heart due to its content of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Of course, with any alcohol you need to be careful and take it in moderation.