Okinawa in Japan is fabled for its residents’ longevity. A fact attributed to a diet of ‘major on vegetables, minor on meat’. Now the island’s restaurants are making it available to visitors, too

Travel is said to broaden the mind but could it also lengthen your life? Okinawa in southern Japan is famous for the long lifespans of its residents – usually credited to the traditional diet enjoyed by many. Local vegetables are believed to contain large amounts of beneficial antioxidants. Two of them are famous: goya, or bitter melon, an astringent gourd that resembles a cucumber with pimples and beni imo, (purple sweet potato), which is richer and sweeter than its orange cousin.

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Source: The Guardian

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