What Do the World’s Longest Living People Eat?

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By Teresa Cheong, RightEatingHabits.com – Do you know what do the world’s longest living people eat? Have you ever wondered what their eating habits are? In Sally Beare’s best-selling health book, The Live Longer Diet, she listed more than 25 authentic healthy food recipes and highlighted the unique eating habits of people living in five of the world’s longevity hotspots.

In Sally’s latest book, “50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People, you can find even more interesting facts about the dietary habits and healthy lifestyles of the world’s longest living people.  In these communities, it is not uncommon for people to live till 100 years old or more without suffering from the dreadful diseases in modern society.

Listed below are two of my favorite healthy food recipes from the Hunzas and Okinawans. The Hunzas or the Okinawans eat what they grow on their land. Their foods are naturally or organically grown.

Healthy Food Recipes

Healthy food recipe from the Hunzas – one of the world’s longest living people:

Dhal with Lemon and Coriander

200 g lentils (7 oz)
1 large shredded onion
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tomatoes, chopped very small
2 tbsp tomato paste
2-3 fresh green chillis, chopped small
2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
Sea Salt (optional) – a pinch of salt
2 lemons
1 bunch coriander, chopped


  1. Wash the lentils.
  2. Place the lentils in a plan with 500 ml (16 fl oz) water, bring it to a boil and cook for 15 minutes until soft.
  3. Cook the onion in olive oil in a pan. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and chillis and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add the garam masala or curry powder. Sprinkle a little sea salt to taste.
  5. Add the above mixture to the cooked lentils – and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add extra tomato paste and water if you prefer the dhal to more diluted.
  7. Squeeze the lemon juice to taste.
  8. Add the coriander and stir it in

Healthy food recipe from the Okinawans – one of the world’s longest living people:

Brown Rice With Seaweed (serves 2)

200 g brown rice (7 oz)
2 strips of kombu seaweed
1 onion, chopped small
1 clove garlice, chopped small
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1-2 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Wash and cook the brown rice.
  2. Boil the kombu seaweed for 20 minutes; then, cut into matchstick-sized slivers with scissors. If you are using hijiki seaweed, soak for 15 minutes in warm water, then drain.
  3. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil, add the cooked rice, then the seaweed.
  4. Add a little sesame oi and soy sauce. Stir for a minute or two.
  5. Sprinkle strips of nori seaweed for added taste.

Eating habits of the world’s top five longevity hotspots

50 Secrets to Long Life

To find out more about the diets and lifestyles of the world’s top five longevity hotspots—Okinawa (Japan), Bama (China),  Campodimele (Italy), Symi (Greece) and Hunza (Pakistan), grab a copy of 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People today. Or find the best selection of health and nutrition books at SimplyGoodHealth!


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