Japanese people living on the island of Okinawa not only have some of the longest life expectancies in the world but are also more likely to live to 100 years old than any other people on the planet.
A fact that researchers attribute to their plant-based diet.
There are two reasons which make the Okinawan Starch-Based Diet superior to others:
First is the fact that about 70% of the calories in the traditional Okinawan diet came from sweet potatoes. Rice and beans also serve a prominent role during meals. 85% of their calories are coming from carbohydrates, making the diet a low-fat, low-protein, just about vegan, diet with very few processed grains and oils.
The Okinawan Starch-Based Diet is the mother of all high-carb diets!
Okinawans live long, and they do so with exceptional vigor. Okinawans have low rates of many of the chronic diseases Canadians and Americans deal with: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia.
The second major concept behind the Okinawa Diet healthy weight management philosophy is the principle of caloric density. Simply put, it’s the amount of calories per gram of food. Eat more food with a lower caloric density and less food with a higher caloric density. The net result is eating more food with fewer calories.
According to the USDA one sweet potato (baked in skin) has about 80 calories. Try eating 3-4 potatoes for one meal, it’s harder than you may think. Potatoes are really satisfying and have 0 cholesterol.