Daily Archives: January 1, 2016



We’ve researched countries around the globe to find out the secrets of longevity. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve learned from studying the diets of people around the world.
France: Secret – appreciating food. The French use dinning as a time to share and communicate with friends and loved ones. As such, they are more attentive to quality food rather than processed foods. Their secret is that they taste better because they season them with olive oil and herbs! Americans tend to eat a lot of their meals alone, on the run. That makes for an environment where any food is acceptable.
Spain: Secret – lots of fish, nuts, and vegetables. Also, healthy fats from olive oil. Surrounded by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, a mainstay of their diet is fish. They don’t snack on sweets, but on nuts. Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and pine nuts are all common in Spanish dishes.
China: Secret – rice, vegetables, and tea. The Chinese eat less than a half-pound of red meat per month. Tea drinkers are half as likely to develop gastric and esphophageal cancers and heart disease as non-tea drinkers. Tea is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which may neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in the body. And a compound found in green tea may boost metabolism.



When I wrote “Why We Eat… and why we keep eating,” I thought the bulk of my work was done. But some recent research in the field led me to realize how important “when we eat” is. I touched on the subject in my book, but that explanation, I now know, was not complete. There are people who eat all the right foods, get plenty of exercise, and still do not reach their ideal weight. The problem may be not what they eat, or how much, but when they eat. Researchers at the analyzed the eating habits of 500 men and women and found some interesting connections between the way people eat and their risk of becoming overweight. Here are the findings of that study:
Habit Changes obesity rate by:
Eating at least one midday snack -39%
Eating dinner as your biggest meal of the day +6%
Waiting more than 3 hours after Waking to eat breakfast +43%
Eating more than a third of your Meals in restaurants +69%
Going to bed hungry (3 or more hours after your last meal) +101%
Eating breakfast away from home +137%
Not eating breakfast +450%