Longevity Tip: What Foods to Eat & What Foods to Avoid

Four Best and Worst Longevity Foods

These four best and four worst foods simplify the Blue Zones food guidelines: Favor beans, greens, root vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. People in four of the five “Blue Zones” consume meat, but they do so sparingly, using it as a celebratory food, a small side, or a way to flavor dishes.

FOUR ALWAYS:

  • 100% Whole Grains: Farro, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, bulgur, cornmeal
  • Nuts & Seeds: A handful a day
  • Beans, Legumes, Pulses: A cup of cooked beans / pulses per day
  • Fruits and Vegetables: 5-10 servings per day

FOUR TO AVOID:

  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Empty calories
  • Salty Snacks (Potato chips, Cheese doodles, etc): Too much salt and preservatives
  • Packaged Sweets (Candy, Packaged cookies and sweets): Empty calories, preservatives, additives
  • Processed Meats (Bacon, Sausage, Cold cuts): Linked to cancer, heart disease

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