The people of the island of Okinawa, Japan have the longest life-spans in the world. In addition to averaging a five-year longer life than Americans, they also have a higher percentage of inhabitants over the age of 100. And of 32 of those centenarians surveyed, only four were living in a nursing home.
“Generally, people have genes that should be getting them to their to their mid-80s. … In our country, we live about 10 years less than that on average because of terrible health habits,” explained one American doctor. The longer life spans are connected with the very limited part that meat plays in the Okinawan diet as well as the high-carb, low calorie nature of it. They eat a good amount of soy, Omega-3’s, and at least seven servings of vegetables a day.