Italian village where most live to be 100 reveals the secret to a long life
Following a diet low in sugar and high in beneficial fats may be the key to disease prevention and longevity, according to renowned cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra. In order to examine the effects of diet on the body’s overall health, the cardiologist studied residents of Pioppi, a remote village in southern Italy.
Pioppi was acknowledged by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the home of the Mediterranean diet, and was recognized as the world’s healthiest village. Residents of Pioppi were known to live past 100 years old.
According to Dr. Malhotra, the people’s diet and lifestyle greatly contributed to their longevity. The cardiologist noted that the residents had low stress levels, slept seven hours a night and consumed a glass of red wine daily.
The health expert also said that the villagers followed a diet rich in vegetables, fish, and olive oil. Aside from this, the villagers also avoided consuming too much sugar, and rarely ate meat and dairy products.
“Yes, the locals eat pasta – but only in small quantities, and they rarely touch sugar. They only eat dessert on a Sunday, pizza once or twice a month. They take time over lunch. They don’t have a gym but they are constantly on the go…Diet is the number one issue.
More than physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol, it contributes to more disease and deaths. This should be the message from doctors – food is medicine. There is no such thing as a healthy weight, but a healthy person. That is what we should all be aiming for. Living like a Pioppian would mean a reduction in the 20 million annual deaths worldwide caused by cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Malhotra.