Four foods that are the biggest enemy of longevity

Sausages / Photo: Pexels/Mateusz Feliksik

The researcher Dan Buettner spent more than 20 years studying the habits of people who live to be 100 or more, especially their eating habits. So, in a remote part of Costa Rica, one of the blue zones, he found the healthiest breakfast in the world.

In a recent Instagram post, Buettner shared four foods that are the biggest enemy of longevity.

Sweet potions

Although not technically a food, sugary drinks top the list.

"Sweetened drinks are the biggest source of refined sugar," he said.

High amounts of sugar contribute to weight gain, cause inflammation and increase the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. All of this is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Bacon and sausages

Processed meats, those created by drying, salting, smoking or canning, are also on Buettner's list. These include bacon, sausages, but also hams and salami.

"These types of meat are carcinogenic," he pointed out.

Buettner is not the only one to warn against this. Studies have found a link between the consumption of processed meat and the risk of colon cancer. Also, a study at the University of Bergen in Norway showed that giving up processed meat and carbonated drinks can increase our lifespan.


Third on Dan's list are sweets full of fat and sugar. Reports have linked ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of diseases including obesity, heart attack, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

Chips and salty snacks

"Salty snacks are in last place. "They are mostly associated with obesity," Buettner continued.

Research has shown that high doses of salt in your diet can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you want to snack like a centenarian, nuts are the way to go. Choose a mix of almonds, peanuts, cashews and walnuts and stick to two small handfuls a day.

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