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In Sardinia, residents wash down their evening meals with a glass of red wine. This tasty local tipple is loaded with flavonoids, which are believed to reduce heart attack risk by up to 50 per cent.
Experts theorise there's something special in the salty air from the ocean breezes causing this craggy seaside coast to boast one of the highest concentrations of Canadian centenarians. Townspeople have fish-rich diets and a stress-free community spirit that keeps them kicking!
Hara hachi bun me is a Confucian teaching that instructs people to eat until they are 80 per cent full. This governs each meal these folks eat, meaning they stop eating when they're 80 per cent satisfied. Roughly, in English the Japanese phrase translates to, "Eat until you are eight parts full".
This tight-knit community dines on a fibre-rich diet of beans and corn. For people in this province, dinner is the smallest meal of the day.
Loma Linda is the home to many practising Seventh-day Adventists. Their secret to success may lie in their alcohol- and nicotine-free lifestyles. Meanwhile, researchers credit their health to a handful of nuts four to five days a week.
Midday naps and herbal tea every day may be the secret for locals in Icaria. They also love goat's milk, which has unique fatty acids that may protect against age-related inflammation.