Research reveals the foods you need to eat to live without ailments

If you could get to 70 or 80 without an ailment, that would be wonderful wouldn’t it? Now it seems

If you could get to 70 or 80 without an ailment, that would be wonderful wouldn’t it? Now it seems that may be a reality, and the way to do it is actually very easy according to new research.

Findings from NSW’s Westmead Institute recent study show there’s a simple way to age successful – and it all comes down to diet.

Over a 10-year period, researcher followed older adults who were eating a diet rich in fibre.

The researchers found participants who had the highest intake of fibre were nearly 80 per cent more likely to age successfully over a 10-year follow-up.

Lead author Bamini Gopinath, an associate professor in the Institute’s Centre for Vision Research, says the study is the first to look at the link between carbohydrate intake and successful ageing, reports Medical News Today.

“Out of all the variables that we looked at, fibre intake – which is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest – had the strongest influence”, Ms Gopinath said.

You can find dietary fibre in many foods like fruits, vegetables and grains.

There are two forms: soluble and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre absorbs water and forms a gel. It slows digestion and there is evidence it lowers cholesterol, which helps prevent heart disease. It is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, lentils, and some fruits and vegetables.

Insoluble fibre speeds up food’s movement through the gut and softens the stool. It is found in wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains.

Prof. Gopinath and colleagues defined successful ageing as reaching old age disease-free and fully functional – without “disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases”.

The data covered a total of 1,609 adults aged 49 years and older who were free of cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke when the study started and who were followed for 10 years.

Participants filled in food-frequency surveys and completed them at regular follow-up visits.

At the end of the 10 years, 249 (15.5 percent) of the participants achieved what the researchers defined as successful ageing status.

“We found that those who had the highest intake of fibre or total fibre actually had an almost 80 per cent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up”, said Ms Gopinath.

“These findings suggest that increasing intake of fibre-rich foods could be a successful strategy in reaching old age disease free and fully functional”.

Tell us: how much fibre do you eat?


  1. Hans  

    It is not so much what you need to eat, but what you need to avoid.
    Here is what prof. Steve Rochlitz has to say about it;
    Dairy products, now becoming infamous for causing gastro-intestinal and circulatory ills.

    Simply put, pasteurized homogenized cows milk products are among the worst foods a man can eat.
    Don’t be fooled by earlier nutritionist’s dogma; it is unnatural for man to consume these milk products! In nature a mammal ingests only its mothers milk and only in its infancy. It may take 100 000 years or more to adapt to a food; milk products have only been ingested for a few thousand years and the proteins (casein, lactalbumin, whey) found even in raw milk can be allergenic.

    And most adults are said to eventually develop an intolerance to the sugars (lactose and galactose) found in milk. Lactose intolerance can be due to milk allergy.

    The homogenization and pasteurization process is said to create the enzyme, xanthine oxidase. In large amounts this substance is toxic to the blood vessels and initiates cardiovascular illness.
    Autopsies of eighteen year olds killed in Viet Nam revealed the blood vessels of old men. Xanthine oxidase from dairy products is the most likely cause.

    In Europe raw goat’s milk is used with better results. This still contains lactose and molds, though. Commercial dairy products may even be a poor source of calcium.
    Raw milk contains an enzyme which splits calcium from the phosphorus it is bound to. Pasteurization destroys this enzyme; so humans are not able to utilize the calcium in milk. And do not trust any “nutritional news” that may have been sponsored by a grant from the dairy industry!
    Also fat free milk is no less harmful as it still contains allergenic proteins and indigestible sugars. Finally, mother’s milk can entail its own risk as the baby may suffer if the mother doesn’t avoid foods that she is allergic to. Undigested proteins can enter her milk and affect the infant.

    One other thing about milk. It is an acid food. In order to neutralize the acid the body needs to draw calcium from the bones, which in turn could lead to Osteoporosis.
    Now, if a food like milk causes GI irritation its nutrients will not be absorbed. The irritability can lower absorbability of nutrients from other foods for days or even months leading to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and depleted immune system
    Therefore, the allergenicity of a food takes precedence over its theoretical nutritive value

    Prof. Steve Rochlitz, Author of “Allergies and Candida”

    • Susan Gabriel.  

      I stopped drinking milk about 15 years ago and am better off from not drinking it, if i do indulge in cow’s milk cheese i start having synus, I do go in for yogurt from sheep’s milk about three times a week as i need it to combat thrush, I don’t get synus from that. thanks for confirmation of what I’d read elsewhere that influenced me to stop having milk in my tea, to stop having milk on cerial, to stop having custard and cream on the odd desert. All the best from Susan Gabriel. PS. I go in for lots of fruit and vegetables.

  2. colin  

    Hans is on the right track

  3. These articles are always interesting, some people are ‘old ‘ at 50 regardless of diet etc, does it come back to our genes, of course diet is important as well, but I like to think in my 73rd year I am going okay, never had an operation, surgery, I do enjoy my red meat, (eat lots of offal) raw fish, don’t mind a beer, (don’t drink spirits or smoke ) never had, …….worked 54 years of shift work..(locomotive driver) the only thing I don’t drink is water, never have…even after 30 years working in the heat of WA’s Pilbara…just have never needed water…

  4. jenny reese  

    I eat what i want when i want.I love cheese and butter.I am 65 and have never been ill a day of my life.I drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.I think it comes mostly down to genetics.My 10 siblings are all extremely healthy also.

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