Buettner has built a career studying the best foods and habits linked to living a long, healthy life. Surely his grocery list reflects his insider intel. But what are the foods he always has stocked in his pantry? Despite traveling around the world to study centenarians, Buettner's answer isn't hard-to-find exotic foods—it's staples found at any grocery store. "For the pantry, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds," he says. When it comes to the whole grains, he specifically likes steel cut oats and brown rice, two foods loaded with fiber.
"These foods, along with fruits and veggies, are the staples of the longevity diets of the longest-lived, healthiest people in blue zones regions of the world," says Buettner. His list of staples shows that eating foods linked to longevity doesn't require a big food budget or living near a grocery market filled with all the latest-and-greatest products. The key is eating a plant-forward diet and whole grains—all foods you can find no matter where in the world you live.
If this sounds a lot like the Mediterranean diet, you're right. Here's what a registered dietitian thinks of this eating plan:
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