Eat Beans to Lose Weight and Live Longer, Expert Says

A guiding light for many aspiring healthy eaters is the world’s Blue Zones, the small, outlier regions on the planet where people live much longer than expected lifespans. I’m talking about far-flung places like the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica; and Okinawa, Japan, where women live the longest lifespans in the known world.

According to a new CNBC article by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow, longevity researcher, and author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, there are several general dieting rules that basically all of these healthy people adhere to. They eat a ton of whole foods, for instance. They also eat lots of plants (upwards of 90%), plenty of olive oil, not too much meat or fish, and rarely any sugar. They consume plenty of water. But there’s a

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Generation X may live longer but they’ll do so in poorer health than their boomer elders

Generation X may live longer but they'll be doing so in bad health, new research suggests. (Getty Images)
Generation X may live longer but they’ll be doing so in bad health, new research suggests. (Getty Images)

Do you want the good news or the bad news Generation X?

Let’s start with the good. Science has revealed that those in the forties and fifties are likely to live longer.

The bad news is, that you’re likely to be living those extra years in poorer health.

A new study has suggested that Generation X are more likely to suffer more years of bad health than older baby boomers now in their 60s and early 70s.

While you might expect younger generations to be leading healthier lives than their older ancestors, new research has found people in England in their forties and fifties are, on average, in significantly worse physical shape than their elders were at the same age.

The research, which compared generations born between 1945 and 1980, found that

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