Fruit and vegetables are needed for long and active life. But there are still some everyday pleasures, such as tea, coffee and chocolate, on a list of the foodstuffs which could help you live to a ripe old age. Gary Williamson, professor of Leeds University, found that there are 20 types of food and drink have been identified as ‘functional foods’. He recommends that we take them as part of our diets.
He has coined the phrase ‘ lifespanessential’ to describe the key foodstuffs, all of which contain chemicals called polyphenols. The chemicals are produced by plants and are known for their antioxidant properties, helping prevent cancer and heart disease. On his list, alongside such familiar ‘super foods’ as broccoli, blueberries and spinach, are black or green tea, dark chocolate and coffee. Some processed versions are also allowable – along with whole oranges, freshly-squeezed orange juice retains many of the same health benefits. The same also applies to red grapes and red wine, meaning a little luxury is compatible with living for as long as possible. [Read more…] about 20 Functional Foods for Long and Active Life