The average life expectancy in America right now is about 78 years. Back in 1912, the average Jane or Joe could only expect to make it to around 50 years of age. Although we're living much longer on average, there are isolated clusters of people around the world who live to be much older.
In the Hunza country, located in India near the borders of Kashmir, China and Afganistan, the locals have a reputation for longevity. Their valley is situated in the mountains about 9,000 feet above sea level pretty much cut off from the outside world.
Because of the harsh climate and challenging geographical conditions, the typical Hunza eats just two meals a day. Their first meal comes at noon even though they usually wake up and begin working at 5 a.m. Their food is harvested free of additives and preservatives. Everything is fresh and unsalted.
The Hunza diet consists largely of grains such as barley, millet, buckwheat and wheat. They also eat fruits and vegetables fresh and raw, although some vegetables are cooked for a short time. Choices include potatoes, string beans, peas, carrots, turnips, squash, spinach, lettuce, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries and blackberries. Almonds are also eaten along with apricots.
For protein, the Hunza people rely on milk, cheese, yogurt and nuts. Meat is reserved for very special occasions like a marriage or festival. It just goes to show that a healthy, balanced diet coupled with plenty of physical effort can keep you going strong for years to come.
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