okinawa food and longevity

Food and Longevity

In Okinawa, food is life, and the delicious regional cuisine is one of the secrets to Okinawan longevity

Okinawan’s have a word, nuchigusui, which they use to describe their cuisine. It literally means “medicine of life,” and indicates how, for the people of Okinawa, food is more than just sustenance; it is something that nourishes both body and mind. Okinawa is also one of the world’s Blue Zones, an area where people live longer than the average life expectancy, and the diet of the islands is thought to be an important contributing factor. Visitors can take a tour of Okinawa through their taste buds, sampling tropical fruits, island vegetables, and local dishes unlike anywhere else in Japan. In doing so, they will perhaps discover one of the secrets to Okinawan longevity.