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Keralites have the longest life span among all states in India. But their diet mainly consist of coconut, coconut oil, beef and duck and its eggs along with fish. Apart from fish all other items are labeled as food with high cholesterol contend. Then what is the reason for their longevity ?

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Asked by Josna, 26 Jul '10 12:16 am
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First of all, our diets do not mainly consists of beef and duck and eggs and fish . There are many keralites who does not eat beef and duck. We do not eat more eggs that other non-vegetarian people in India. Yes, we eat more fish. Fish is good for health. The keralites who eat meat every day do suffer health issues. But majority do not eat like that.

We also eat a lot of varieties of vegetables compared to other states. We dont eat much potatoes unlike others. We use less oil in cooking. We dont fry vegetables in oil unlike others. In most vegetable dishes, we add a little coconut oil at the end. That way , the oil consumption is much less. We dont eat fried items (like Pakoras and Bajjis). Most of our snacks are steamed. We dont eat sweets rich with ghee and sugar. Our sweets are mild and prepared with jaggery.
Coconut oil is not unhealthy. The issues with coconut oil is highly overrated. The whole idea of coconut causing cholesterole is based on some studies in the west made 50 ...more
Answered by Sangeetha, 26 Jul '10 01:55 am

 
  
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According to a recent study a positive influence helps in shaping our lives, adding years to it. Optimistic people have more friends and a larger social network on which they can rely during crises; they also tend to cope better on their own with stress, a risk factor that has been associated with high blood pressure, heart disease and early death. The researchers admitted that it was a trifle difficult to predict if optimism was in itself responsible for stress resistance and reduction of health problems or whether optimism led to a healthier lifestyle. Or maybe it was heady combination of both. Medical research has shown that positive people have an unusual good health and they age well. Their bodies appear to have a much higher stamina level and a better ability to fight disease. They usually live longer than the people who allow their lives to be lead by negativity. Of course, it is important to live a positive life, because it is so much more fulfilling. Optimism is synonymous wit ...more
Answered by iqbal ahmed, 27 Jul '10 01:33 pm

 
  
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What I know about Keralites is that they live very scattered. People have built their house in their fields; quite apart from on another. If this information/ impression I have been given is true, then, the reason I believe is that they get more room for fresh air, they live with the nature.
As you say coconut, it is the purest thing nature has produced. We can say what sweet water is when we drink coconut water. This purest water is available away from earth, or clouds, filtered by nature; who can produce such pure water; who else can drink more pure water than Keralites do. Josnaji, the more we go away from nature, the more nature rejects us.
Answered by Om Shrivastava, 26 Jul '10 12:48 am

 
  
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One of the main reason is their enviornment then their hard work, happy nature, etc etc
Answered by Palanivelu, 26 Jul '10 12:34 am

 
  
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..Josna, what we eat, though important, are not the only things that determine the life span of a group of persons.
some of the other things that also determine the life span, are the set of genes that you inherit, the medical facilities that are available to you, the social and economical living standards, the weather and the environment around you (which is not too polluted).

So enjoy your cholesterol laden food, while you can, without bothering too much.

I feel that the medical community is a bit too much worked up with this cholesterol thing, without realizing that it
is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes, where it is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and fat-soluble vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
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Cholesterol is the principal sterol synthesized by animals (inc. hu ...more
Answered by M H Kisan, 26 Jul '10 12:29 am

 
  
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Their life style is different plus all do not eat the foods mentioned
Answered by anil garg, 30 Aug '10 11:38 pm

 
  
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By nature they are hard working and even weather plays important part, but your assertion that their diet consists of beef is totally wrong
Answered by SREENIVAS, 26 Jul '10 08:22 pm

 
  
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They don't take tension they are good at giving tension to others
Answered by manoj thakur, 26 Jul '10 11:45 am

 
  
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