The Greasy Diet

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“The traditional diet of Okinawa consists of white rice, sweet potatoes, fish, pork, eggs, and vegetables, including seaweed. All parts of pigs were eaten (‘tails to nails’), and lard was used for cooking. The gerontologist Kazuhiko Taira described traditional Okinawan food as ‘very, very greasy.’ On these foods Okinawans had the longest life expectancy in the world, with numerous centenarians. The age-adjusted death rate from heart disease was 82 percent lower than in the United States, from cancer 27 percent lower, and from all causes 36 percent lower. Hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast, ovarian, and colon cancer, were 50 to 80 percent less frequent in Okinawa than in the United States. Centenarians had the highest intake of milk, meat, fish, eggs, fat, and oils. Unfortunately, Okinawans recently began to eat vegetable oils, grains, and industrially prepared foods. Okinawans now have widespread obesity, rising rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and shortening life span.” - Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Perfect Health Diet

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