If you change the way you eat at the age of 40, you will add 10 years to your life
It's never too late. Changing your eating habits in a healthy way can add years to your life.
This was confirmed by research published in the journal Nature Food, conducted by a team from the University of Bergen, in Norway.
About half a million volunteers aged between 40 and 69 took part in the study. People were grouped according to different eating patterns (into five groups) and observations revealed how these changed over the years.
Analyzes of eating habits have shown that changing one's diet at age 40 from unhealthy eating patterns to longevity-related patterns (such as the Mediterranean diet) is associated with an increase in life expectancy of 10.8 years for men and 10.4 years for women.
Even 70-year-olds have the right to change the way they eat
And it's never too late: if you switch to a healthy diet (from unhealthy) at the age of 70, you gain 5.4 years for women and 5.0 years for men.
The best choices are whole grains and dried fruits
The researchers also determined which foods are typically associated with higher mortality and vice versa (longer life expectancy): The worst choices according to this study are sugary drinks and processed meats, while the best are whole grains and dried fruit.