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).
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.
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