Four Foods That Lower Your Risk Of Death

While it’s nearly impossible to come to consensus on the healthiest foods, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who ate more of the following foods had a “30 percent lower risk of death from all causes.”

  1. Garlic. Garlic is arguably the most powerful disease and ailment-fighting food on the planet. Studies abound extolling the health virtues of this wonder food, but perhaps garlic’s greatest practical value is its antiviral property: tests have shown it kills viruses responsible for colds and the flu.
  2. Green Tea. Researchers from The University of Kansas recently measured the antioxidant content of green tea and found that it is roughly 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E at protecting cells from damage linked to cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
  3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This olive oil provides a double-whammy boost to your health. The reasoning goes like this: Saturated fats in meat and fatty dairy products raise your “bad” LDL cholesterol, which tends to clog arteries and lower your “good” HDL cholesterol, which tends to clear arteries, so your goal is to lower LDL and raise HDL. The polyunsaturated fats in most vegetable oils, such as corn or soy oil, lower LDL but also lower HDL. Olive oil works its magic by lowering your bad cholesterol without affecting your good cholesterol.
  4. Whole Grains. A University of Minnesota study found that eating whole grains can increase longevity because they contain anti-cancer agents and stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels. Best sources: Cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving, and multigrain breads, such as pumpernickel, rye or whole wheat.

Eating more “healthy foods,” such as the ones on this list – while rewarding your good habits in moderation – is a balanced way to improve your health through nutrition.