The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100 Updated on October 25, 2019 By William Clement 100 Comments By William Clement 100 Comments My Thoughts September 3, 2017 Why didn't he mention the PORK and the PIGS they used to eat and use their fat to cook? Reply Whole Food Plant-Based Man October 7, 2017 I have heard that the purpose of KFC's existence is to kill people off. I am standing by this. Reply Jenny October 17, 2017 Why is this our legacy, America? KFC. Reply Cliff Yates October 17, 2017 Just amazing as always Dr. Gregger. I spread the word, and your site to everyone I can, that need to hear the facts. So many have been programmed so long, they resist hearing the truth. Im always amazed at the medical people who haven't heard of you, or Forks over Knives. Heart disease the number one killer for men and women, and no one cares to learn how to stop and reverse it. Everyone accepts that it's ok to die in your 50's and 60's of heart disease. Since going plant based. Pretty much vegan, I have felt like I have discovered the fountain of youth. I'm 60, feel 20. I'm thinking of starting a channel called the Vegan fountain of youth. I only hesitate because as you say, when you mention Vegan, it's viewed as all or nothing, so won't even be considered. Keep up the fight ! You are saving peoples lives. Reply Michael Parish October 17, 2017 Dragging out the 1949 Okinawan diet is a bit disingenuous. That was a post war privation diet. They stopped eating fish during that period simply because the Japanese confiscated all fishing vessels during that period and they weren't replaced until well after the war. Why not present the two studies done AFTER 1949, like the study done in the 90's? Suddenly, sweet potatoes were out and rice was in, as was fish, pork, lard, oils and eggs. There isn't and wasn't an Okinawan 100 year old person that after the war not only grew vegetable but kept chickens. Did you think they threw away the eggs? Was it still plant heavy? Yes. But there was a lot heavier than one percent in animal products. I could care less what a 100 year old person ate for a period of six to eight years. Show me what they ate for the other 92. Since the French eats lots of vegetable you could also call them plant based. Plant based is as meaningless as saying low fat. The reality is that they as the rest of the Blue Zone people aren't low fat, no oils vegan. Even the 7th Day Adventists who claim they are fully vegan eat animal products on average twice a month. Want to guess what that animal product is? Ice Cream according to records from the Adventist 2 study. And who are the healthiest and longest lived Adventists? The fish eaters who otherwise eat no meat. So much for the mercury scare. Reply The Swedes Versus October 24, 2017 Lol I just knew they would try bullshit like this. The Okinawans first of all don't live to a 100.In truth there are villages IN Okinawa where people live to a 100. One of these villages is named Ogimi. Where they have the most 100 year old per capita in The WORLD.Sure they do eat LOTS of Veggies which they should people should eat more vegetables especially green vegetables.BUT the Ogimi people ALSO eats their fair share of fish and other seafood which is a lot more than a mere 1% as Greger falsely claims.They ALSO eat pork.Meaning as much as people try to tell you these people are vegan they're clearly NOT vegans. Yet nowhere else in The world do people make it to a 100 as these people do. Conclusion a plant dominant but NOT vegan diet is their choice of foods.Deal with it. Don't be spreading shit and making up your own facts. Reply riri r November 1, 2017 The people in Okinawa eat fish, eggs, meat like pork, they LOVE pork . They were never vegan . Reply Fábio Oshiro November 7, 2017 Stop misleading people, please. Search for "Explore Okinawa: Art, Culture and Cuisine from the Ryukyu Islands". The Okinawan diet explained by Japanese people. Reply Educate Society November 21, 2017 Exactly! 4% of their diet animal products! Yet people try to use this to justify how animal products are healthy. Reply Shari T December 21, 2017 Thank you for the very informative and well researched video!! Reply Jaded K December 22, 2017 This is total BS. Okinawans eat pork almost every meal. How could that be less than 1%? Yo, stupid doctor, please come visit Okinawa and see for yourself. Reply Jaded K December 22, 2017 Ogimi is part of Okinawa where most 100 year olds live in Okinawa. And here's Ogimians' diet: In Ogimi, compared to the average Japanese diet:(1) People eat more meats, (2) the intake of green and yellow vegetables is three times higher, (3) the intake of legumes, particularly soybeans, is 1.5 times higher, and (4) the fruit intake is also higher.Another point worthy of mention is salt intake. Okinawa is the only prefecture that has made it below the goal of 10 grams per person per day set by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and that figure is 9 grams for Ogimi.http://kanko.vill.ogimi.okinawa.jp/village/index_en.html So, Doctor, go fuck yourself. Reply Char. Fotopoulos January 3, 2018 japanese food the best ! Reply Domzdream January 4, 2018 The unfortunate truth is, is that you won't prolong your life span at all. Not unless you eat this way for at least a couple of generations , to introduce the genetics down the gene pool. It's basic genetics, which are hereditary. At best you will improve your functionality of your body. But I'm afraid that this will not allow you to live longer. Reply Jason Scorse January 4, 2018 Go vegan. Best thing you could ever do! Reply Cazam Vehal January 7, 2018 My doctor recommended this system [Go here=== https://t.co/dBnv3xaIdy ] to me. I was looking to lose a significant amount of weight, and needed a plan. This diet book has done miracles for me and my husband! We follow the plan and both lost over 20 pounds in the first month. This is a well written book that will give you the tools you need to start eating healthier and regain control of your metabolism. I can't say enough good things about this book and the diet. This was a life changer for us! Reply L O F E N O I A L O F March 17, 2018 How long do you boil sweet potatoes for? Also do you recommend drinking the water for optimal nutrient intake? Thanks Reply DaGuy WhoKixAss March 18, 2018 Wrong. They eat a shitload of pork. Next? Reply Meateor Man March 22, 2018 This is false The OKinawa diet is mainly porkhttps://youtu.be/5pyo2TjfSqY Reply Mir Schultz April 6, 2018 I first got to try the purple sweet potato a few years back. Yum. Reply FNA April 8, 2018 Small portions or not, traditional Okinawan diet includes fish EVERY SINGLE DAY. They also LOVE pork, although they reserve that for special occasions. Their longevity is due to restriction on sugar and processed foods (like KFC), not restrictions on meat. Edit: Also, low caloric intake. They don't eat like pigs, although they do eat pigs 😉 Reply Esther April 10, 2018 I'd like to see some pictures of what they ate. Reply Rute Vidal April 15, 2018 Did you notice that they almost don't eat fruits? I didn't expect it… Reply Fusion April 15, 2018 If they ate around 1200 calories, and 70% was sweet potatoes, they would only be getting 20g protein, is that enough? i'm intolerant too almost all foods except sweet potato so i'm doing something very similar Reply TheDupeMaster April 15, 2018 I thought japan has the largest suicide rate in the world and not a lot of people get married or even have kids. Reply Ray Indra April 18, 2018 Let us spread the Okinawan health philosophy Reply Songo April 20, 2018 oh man, purple sweet potatos is extremely tasty…need to get me some tonight Reply Maureen K April 26, 2018 One of your best, Dr. Greger. Everyone in my family is being sent a copy. They aren't going to be happy with me! Reply Kaiser Frost April 26, 2018 I do not to live to 100 in this society. I'll take my red meat and bacon thanks. Modern Western culture is torture, might as well live high, enjoying whatever you can and get it over with quickly! Sweet potatoes and vegetables taste like wood. Reply Aryo Afriano April 29, 2018 The people of okinawa sick because of 1 fast food restaurant, all hail america Reply Galla Os May 9, 2018 vegan lifestyle <3 Reply John Paul May 19, 2018 Your voice is obnoxious. But great info, thx. Reply Gediminas May 24, 2018 Vegan diet is best health span Reply GreensAndBeansGaming June 11, 2018 Could that 1% be really important of eating fish and eggs for the DHA, B12 and iodine? I really don't trust consuming anything that comes out of a factory. Reply Kallista Metropoulos June 16, 2018 But sweet potatoes have a lot of beta carotene and vitamin a Reply Babbar Sher June 30, 2018 How they get their vit b 12 Reply Martin Lee July 4, 2018 Jesus ate fish. ..imma eat fish like the Japanese Reply Otto Weininger July 15, 2018 This video leaves out one important detail at the end: Okinawan's life expectancy has INCREASED in the past generation, since they stopped eating their perfect near vegan diet. What a surprise… Reply The King August 1, 2018 I eat a wfpb, low-fat (only overt fat is from 1 tbsp flax, and not everyday) but not until 80% full. When I eat. I eat. Reply Maureen K August 5, 2018 Brilliant, Dr. Greger!! Reply Rusty Nickels August 5, 2018 This is false information. They actually ate a lot of meat. Reply Awesome Life August 6, 2018 One mistake: At the 3:40 minute mark, Dr. Greger refers to the Adventists that outlive Okinawans as “vegetarians.” They are not. They are vegan, which is a very different eating approach than vegetarians’. Vegetarians eat unhealthy cow’s milk, cheese, cream, yogurt, and other dairy products. They also eat eggs. Vegans do not eat any of these fat-laden, hormone-filled foods. Even the most unprocessed milk is filled with estrogen, by its very nature, being produced by pregnant cows to feed their calves. Reply sebomalebo August 7, 2018 Oh you mean those people who eat tons of pork 😂😂😂 you people are a joke Reply crocfixio August 18, 2018 conveniently forgot about the pork and fish. Dr bullshit strikes again praised by his uneducated followers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to9rhIwWJg0 Reply citi24 August 19, 2018 Do a video on diet from hell. Oh i mean american eating LOL Reply Green Space August 25, 2018 Okinawans ate a lot of pork. Reply Le Lo August 25, 2018 I'm screaming.. even the Okinawans have said that they base their diet around pork and fish and y'all are saying it's because of their plant based diet. Reply Politically correct speech isn't my thing, fk off August 27, 2018 so did they have to be adventists? does religion contribute to the diet? /sarcasm Reply Funcionalidad Vegana September 2, 2018 Does anyone know or at least has an hypothesis about why pesco-vegetarians had a slightly higher life expectancy than vegans in the Adventists Health Study? Reply Julie Meibaum September 6, 2018 Feeling only 80% full is a very subjective feeling, not sure how one would be able to compare it to 70% full. Reply Nirvana One September 9, 2018 Ohh yes it’s all genetic lol Cool info thanks 😎 Reply ghostheory September 12, 2018 1:07, where is this document available to actually read? I can only find the summary. Reply Liqrit Rs September 16, 2018 Yeah they live long… they’re twigs and weak af, would get colonized in like 2 hours Reply Eric Fajeta October 11, 2018 bacon tho Reply Dean Scott October 18, 2018 LIar Reply Matt L October 24, 2018 the okanawans USED to have the highest life expectancy in the world, but their diets have changed significantly since the 60s (more Meat, more fat, more protein) the diet used to consist of 95% plant based and more then 80% carbs when it had the highest life expectancy, now their life expectancy is lower then the average Japanese. Reply Anthony Belton October 28, 2018 Pork fat is the secret to longevity. Pork fat is similar to olive oil and all the blue zones eat pork fat. As for Okinawans only eating a small amount of animal foods bahaha 😂. Reply Tim Pellemeier October 31, 2018 I heard that it's yams not sweet potatoes, that the Okinawans eat as their staple (and I mean real yams, not what's called "yams" in the supermarket). Reply Tony Allegretti November 15, 2018 …This one is a saver dock…just started on Stokes purple sweets…what a big difference between Stokes and yellow/orange…Thanks Reply Laura Siffrin Art December 1, 2018 Love this! Reply Balancing Life December 3, 2018 Yes!! Sweet potato Reply Daniel Blaha December 12, 2018 https://youtu.be/VW-opBBHGe4 Reply Zennofobic December 21, 2018 cool an extra 25 years on earth eating mostly sweet potatoes Reply Brian Alanis December 21, 2018 1949… ? Reply Kristen R December 22, 2018 thank you for sharing! Reply MikeSpeaks January 22, 2019 I’ve been vegan for 3 years and I have stomach pains joint pains and foggy head, should I stop? Lol Reply GIT GUD January 24, 2019 This is the same doctor that said fluoride is good for you. If you listen to him for health then you're an idiot Reply jksl January 29, 2019 This really just proves that a small amount of animal products is good for you. The Okinawans are able to absorb the fat soluble vitamins from the plants they eat through dietary fat from pork and some fish. Reply vetrivel murukan January 29, 2019 USA — food/pharma terrorism!! Reply Thrift Geek January 29, 2019 Both of my Great Grandmothers outlived everyone in including the Jay the Juiceman and Atkins and all these young 80 year olds dying too soon. She worked outside on a farm ate fried chicken and drank whole milk ate bacon at breakfast .So Blah Blah Blah Enjoy your Carrot and Kelp Tofu salad Reply Eli Hamgeri February 1, 2019 This is a biased and close minded analysis. Everyone knows the American diet is shit. You should at least be comparing blue zones with blue zones. Also no one talks about how they grow and prepare their food. Vegetables are not the most nutrient dense food because you can’t just live on them. There are so many other factors besides what you eat that determine lifespan. Reply MV11 February 7, 2019 Bullshit. Okinawan eat alot of meat especially pork Reply I made you read this February 7, 2019 Actually every organism on the planet can increase their longevity if they decrease their total calory intake. As they did. They also eat meat. Everyone can increase their lifespan with a lower calory diet. It's just that people don't want to do it. Also comparing people of the east and the west is is kinda meh, because we have different physiological responses to many foods. Most Asians have problems with milk products. you didn't mention the probiotic bacteria which is a major factor on every diet. Why vegan diet gives longevity? Because it's harder to cheat with crap food than it is on omnivore. Reply Iron Vegan February 8, 2019 Thanks for that doc! Keep on pumping out the facts. Reply Victoria Julia February 9, 2019 the narrator sounds a little like Tom Ford. . Reply Richard Doan February 10, 2019 So, Okinawans live on an island and eat 15g (.5 oz) of fish a day. Smells fishy. Reply QuickMadeUpName February 10, 2019 can someone please help explain something… if their diet was 60-70% sweet potatoes… based on a 2,000 calorie diet, wouldn't they be eating like 14 potatoes a day!?!?!? Reply SlightysBack February 12, 2019 Less than one percent eating fruit?! :-O Reply Eye Knives February 28, 2019 Either this is the same dude from another video with significantly less views. Or they stole his script. Reply Brent Rose March 15, 2019 They should do the keto diet Reply Vibrant Void March 15, 2019 their diet was actually meat-based, and plants are NOT the most nutrient-dense foods… this is ridiculous Reply Peter Helton March 15, 2019 The Japanese diet centres around fish and seafood. Pork is highly prized in Okinawa and beef and fish are everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj_2b-3k47Y Reply Peter Helton March 15, 2019 This is nonsense. Today's Okinawa diet is very different from the the 1949 statistics collected by Americans. Reply Rachel B March 17, 2019 SWEET POTATOES 😀 Purple sweet potatoes are SO filling. I know when I eat 2-3 a day I lose weight (because it's so filling) Reply Lara Cooper March 29, 2019 Have you been there? They always ate massive amounts of seafood and as do all bluezones who eat more animal foods than USA besides the 7th days who are vegetarian. The Adventist vegans have high cancer rates.. This channel should be called Nutrition Lies. People go visit Okinawa. Don't listen to this dweeb of a man. Reply easypeasy24 March 29, 2019 This information is from a 1949 study after WW2. It lasted for about 8 years because the pig population was decimated during the war. Their traditional diet has always been pork based. Reply Marco Carestia April 10, 2019 I follow Okinawa Diet Reply Not My Name May 1, 2019 So the best diet for longevity is to eat mostly plants, mostly starches, and about 3 servings of animal products per week like the Okinawans and 7th Day Adventists. Though I cant imagine how shitty it must be to eat sweet potatoes morning noon and night. Reply Ghadeer mohammad May 11, 2019 is it okay to translate the video into Arabic and put it on my channel? Reply 80 Slim Shady's May 15, 2019 But then the meat heads argument is that the meat consumption was so low because the pigs that they ate a lot of "apparently" were killed because of the war so they were eating not as much meat when this was recorded, but then everyone says they are huge fish eaters, though this actually says they eat not as much fish as you would think. Reply L. J. May 26, 2019 Okinawan people love pork though… Check any foodist documentary about Okinawa. Reply Yoshi Christi May 30, 2019 Bullshit they eat at least 20% fish Reply Benaiah Yang May 31, 2019 https://youtu.be/ubu_0cbsLv0 in reality, the okinawan diet is far from plant based. Pork is central in okinawan cuisine and It's eaten nose to tail. Okinawans even go as far to claim their pork consumption is responsible for their longevity and health. The vegetable dishes of Okinawa aren't even exclusively vegan cus they more often than not includes bits of pork and veggie dishes are always traditionally fried in Lard. Okinawans are also fond of raw goat meat Reply Auburn Overlord June 14, 2019 The okinawans diet is based on PORK!!!! this is from data after ww2 when the us destroyed their pig population. They eat pork before and after every meal. Dr Michael greger is a dishonest fraud. Reply Adam A. July 4, 2019 Dr. Mcgregor isn't being 100% honest. If you look at the studies on Adventists, the longest living were the pesco-vegetarians, they out lived both the vegans and vegetarians. Pesco-vegetarian diet is 100% no meat, but it does obviously include fish. Reply TheRoshan July 29, 2019 Congratulations Okinawans, you played yourself! Reply Jojo X August 11, 2019 g o v e g a n :)))) seriously it's good for ur body + for the planet Reply John September 10, 2019 No mention of white rice? When I was there (USMC) it seemed everyone ate rice, veges, maybe a little fish. Reply InHislove September 10, 2019 Where did they get their iodine? seaweed? Reply Eazy_Lifeb TV October 7, 2019 I don’t like sweet potatoes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.