The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100


What would happen if you centered your diet around vegetables, the most nutrient-dense food group?

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Yes, there are purple sweet potatoes—yum!

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25 thoughts on “The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100”

  1. This really just proves that a small amount of animal products is good for you. The Okinawans are able to absorb the fat soluble vitamins from the plants they eat through dietary fat from pork and some fish.

  2. Both of my Great Grandmothers outlived everyone in including the Jay the Juiceman and Atkins and all these young 80 year olds dying too soon. She worked outside on a farm ate fried chicken and drank whole milk ate bacon at breakfast .So Blah Blah Blah Enjoy your Carrot and Kelp Tofu salad

  3. This is a biased and close minded analysis. Everyone knows the American diet is shit. You should at least be comparing blue zones with blue zones. Also no one talks about how they grow and prepare their food. Vegetables are not the most nutrient dense food because you can’t just live on them. There are so many other factors besides what you eat that determine lifespan.

  4. Actually every organism on the planet can increase their longevity if they decrease their total calory intake. As they did. They also eat meat. Everyone can increase their lifespan with a lower calory diet. It's just that people don't want to do it. Also comparing people of the east and the west is is kinda meh, because we have different physiological responses to many foods. Most Asians have problems with milk products. you didn't mention the probiotic bacteria which is a major factor on every diet. Why vegan diet gives longevity? Because it's harder to cheat with crap food than it is on omnivore.

  5. If you analyze the research on the 7th day Adventists, the pescaterians are the longest living group, they outlived both the vegans and vegetarians.

  6. can someone please help explain something… if their diet was 60-70% sweet potatoes… based on a 2,000 calorie diet, wouldn't they be eating like 14 potatoes a day!?!?!?

  7. The Japanese diet centres around fish and seafood. Pork is highly prized in Okinawa and beef and fish are everywhere.

  8. This is nonsense. Today's Okinawa diet is very different from the the 1949 statistics collected by Americans.

  9. SWEET POTATOES 😀 Purple sweet potatoes are SO filling. I know when I eat 2-3 a day I lose weight (because it's so filling)

  10. Have you been there? They always ate massive amounts of seafood and as do all bluezones who eat more animal foods than USA besides the 7th days who are vegetarian. The Adventist vegans have high cancer rates.. This channel should be called Nutrition Lies. People go visit Okinawa. Don't listen to this dweeb of a man.

  11. This information is from a 1949 study after WW2. It lasted for about 8 years because the pig population was decimated during the war. Their traditional diet has always been pork based.

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