The Seventh Day Adventist Diet

It seems there is something remarkable and different about Seventh Day Adventists. What is their secret? At last, speculation and science concede. The Seventh Day Adventist’s Diet plays a crucial role.

A Vegetarian Way

Ellen G. White was born in 1827 and co-founded the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1863.  White was an advocate for a vegetarian lifestyle long before vegetarianism was an acceptable alternative. She wrote numerous books on the topic of health, healing, and diet and outlined 8 laws for healthy living. Recommendations included abstaining from meat and refraining from tobacco and alcohol. Other suggestions included daily exercise, sunlight, fresh air, adequate rest, water, moderation, and trust in God.

 

Ellen White passed on in 1915. Over 100 years later her wisdom lives on and is still getting attention.

The Proven Path to Health & Longevity

The Seventh Day Adventists are some of the healthiest people on the planet. They enjoy excellent health throughout their lives retaining mobility, vitality, and cognitive function well into their senior years. 

 

  • Dementia affects less than 5% of elderly Adventists while the worldwide percentage of people aged 85 or older who display symptoms of dementia is 25%-50%.
     

  • While the current life expectancy for women is approximately 81 years and 76 years for men, Seventh Day Adventists beat the odds again - outliving the general population by nearly a decade.
     

  • Even more remarkable is that 90% of their centurions remain independent versus a 15% European and US average.

Given the statistics should it come as any surprise that the Seventh Day Adventist's Diet and lifestyle is frequently the subject of scientific studies, inquiries, articles, and books?

The Blue Zones

Author Dan Buettner's shares his research on the robust health, fitness, diet, and aging, of impressively long-lived communities -Blue Zones- around the world. In his book, entitled; Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Buettner and a group of distinguished scientists, backed by National Geographic, travel the world and find five places that have a disproportionately higher population of centurions, up to fifty times the US average.

 

Among the five areas they found that fit the strict Blue Zone criteria were the Italian island of Sardinia, the Greek island of Ikaria, Nicola Peninsula, Okinawa Japan, Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, California, where, not surprisingly, the majority of the population are Seventh Day Adventists.

 

Across cultures and continents, definite patterns emerged.  Almost all of the Blue Zones eat a diet rich in beans and legumes.  They share a sense of community and a feeling of cohesion. Exercise plays a natural part in their daily lives, whether tilling their fields, working their gardens, tending to their sheep, or walking over hilly terrains to visit a friend. All of the subjects eat mostly a plant-based diet.

 

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