When I was searching for information about the diets of centenarians on Okinawa, I came across this CNN video.
Michael Booth’s recent article in The Sunday Times about people living so long in this part of Japan sparked my interest. Of course, tofu was involved.
It looks like there is a combination of factors – including eating bean curd – that is contributing to long and active lives for many Okinawans. Apparently, there is a high percentage of residents who live past the age of 100.
One observation: Okinawans are living their lives with the thought that something – longevity in this case – is possible.
And they don’t have the diseases that have surfaced in North America, according to CNN.
Eating soybean cake on a regular basis as part of a balanced meal might actually help extend a person’s age, experts believe.
In a June 7 article in The Sunday Times, author Michael Booth wrote about traveling to Okinawa to investigate why so many residents of this group of Japanese islands are living to at least 100 years old.
That number is estimated to be more than 800 people, he said.
On Okinawa, Booth quoted Craig Willcox, a Canadian gerontologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the residents and their health.
Among many factors, Willcox gives the nod to soybean cake as contributing to better health for Okinawans. “They have lower cholesterol and suffer less from heart disease, arteriosclerosis and many cancers,” he told Booth.