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The best diet for healthy and long life

Last week's Time magazine (special health double issue; Vol 185 No 6; Europe edition) focused mainly on health issues. One of the articles particularly concentrated on a question which diet is best and helps us to live longest ( What diet helps people live the longest by Alexandra Sifferlin ). It mentions different revived diets such as the Paleo diet with more protein and meat and fewer carbohydrates while it backs Mediterranean low protein food diet which emphasis more on intake of vegetable instead of animal proteins while being also rich in fruit, whole grains, nuts ect.

I will not discuss about whether this is correct or which diet in my opinion is the best (I love Falafel) but will touch another factor which is many times forgotten but which is also gaining more focus. I'm talking about food quality and I think it needs much more attention than it's getting. But things are changing and getting better, people are getting more knowledge of food and diet in general.

So what do I mean by quality? I'm a big supporter of organic locally produced food and this seems very important to me. Organic vs. chemically (using pesticides, hormones, steroids...) treated food. While it's very hard to follow such diet considering it's much more expensive and harder to find it has many positive advantages. Not only it has more vitamins and minerals than "watered" and accelerated grown food it has also positive effect on water and soil quality unlike modern chemical crop production which is polluting and impoverishing water and earth . And while pesticides not only contaminate our water and soil they also poison our bodies (mixture of many pesticides , hormones and chemicals ) thus making us sick.

With the revival of permaculture and emphasis on locally grown food (from small gardens to big sustainable farms) I see a big and positive shift where nature and people gain (instead of phytopharmaceutical corporations and big retailers).

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If you can, go locally produced and organic. Eating less with emphasis on healthy food is much batter than eating lots of unhealthy processed or in any way modified food. Let's learn from nature.

TAJ


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Comments

nbaquero wrote on February 19, 2015, 1:19 PM

Tiger_Armando_Jose Yes, I agree point is not only watch what we eat but the quality of those food we eat. Problem is most of the time the Organic Non-GMO food is very expensive.

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 19, 2015, 1:53 PM

True. But the more we buy it and grow it the less expensive it will become. It's harder but it leads to better life.

GemstonePink wrote on February 19, 2015, 6:38 PM

I am a vegetarian, therefore fruits and veggies are a must for me. Hope my vegetarian lifestyle leads to longer life.

Wordsmith wrote on February 22, 2015, 1:41 AM

Most nutritionists now agree that it is best to get almost all of your daily vitamin and mineral needs from eating fresh fruit and vegetables rather than from vitamin supplements.

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 22, 2015, 7:53 AM

Way to go!

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 22, 2015, 7:55 AM

I'm certain of it! It doesn't make sense to get it from supplements, they are processed, you're not really sure where they got from anyway and you can over do it too (there's danger in taking too much of certain vitamin by the way), which you cant do with vegetables and fruit.

AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:04 PM

I think organic food is a good idea, and I wish it weren't so expensive. The real solution might be to grow your own food, if you can. Even just growing a few herbs in pots would help, and that's pretty easy.

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:18 AM

Yes, you can grow it in pots, depends how much place you have. You start with herbs and continue with vegetables and some fruit like lemons perhaps. It takes work and time but it's much better than buying some sprayed food from hundreds or even thousands miles away.

maramadalina wrote on June 25, 2015, 6:33 PM

I try to eat healthy but I must admit that it's not an easy task. Actualy it is difficult because healthy food means a huge amount of money each month.

nitsbubb wrote on March 29, 2016, 12:02 PM

Yes, Organic food is the best diet, though it is expensive. But what matters most is health rather than money. Thanks for sharing this informative article.