Presented at Nutrition for Life's Stages: The Evidence Base, 2nd Sanitarium International Nutrition Symposium, Melbourne, 18−19 April 2002.
Can food variety add years to your life?
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2002
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 11, Issue Supplement s3, pages S637–S641, December 2002
How to Cite
Savige, G. S. (2002), Can food variety add years to your life?. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 11: S637–S641. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-6047.11.supp3.18.x
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2002
- Dietary habits;
- fish, food variety;
- legumes, nuts
The traditional food habits of Greeks and Japanese differ widely, yet both populations have the longest life expectancies in the world. Food variety is one feature common to both food cultures. By eating a wide variety of foods, numerous chemicals that give rise to the diverse range of colours, tastes, textures and smells of different foods are consumed. Many of these naturally occurring chemicals are likely to play a role in health. Within the broad scope of foods available, foods for thought include fish, legumes and nuts. These foods are also likely to protect older adults against some of the diseases more prevalent with ageing such as coronary heart disease and cancer.