Data from many studies looking into diet and longevity show that eating healthier could extend life expectancy by about eight years in middle-aged adults, and more than 10 years in young adults. The optimal diet includes more plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, while eating less red meat and processed meat.
Everyone wants to live longer. And we’re often told that the key to doing this is making healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising, avoiding smoking and not drinking too much alcohol. Studies have also shown that diet can increase lifespan.
This study has found that eating healthier could extend lifespan by six to seven years in middle-aged age adults, and in young adults, could increase lifespan by about ten years.
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