Recently, a trade report from Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), cited the aging populations as the driving factor in the global growth market for soy foods. As baby boomers and seniors turn to soy foods for the healthy benefits, hopefully the rest of the world will catch up to Okinawa and Japan in healthy longevity. We are woefully behind in life expectancy when compared to other industrialized nations.
At 95 You are a Senior
In Okinawa, they have a party when someone reaches 95. They are considered a senior at 95, unlike in the UK, where 65 is the norm. Seventy is still a youngster, eighty is an adult and at ninety, well, let’s just say you are a younger baby boomer. The Okinawa folks eat soy as their major source of protein; usually about two servings a day. Okinawa ranks number at the top of the average life expectancy charts.
Heart Rate Disease Low in Okinawa
The rates of heart disease in Okinawa is less than 20% of that in Western nations, as well as much lower rates of cancer. To put it clearly, if the same disease rates were in the Western world, we could close 80% of the coronary care units and 1/3 of the cancer wards as well as shutter many of our nursing homes because these folks just plain age well. Centenarians in Okinawa are normally slim with clear complexions, bright eyes and lithe movements.
Let’s Copy Them
The most sincere form of flattery is said to be copying so let’s see what soy can offer us in the form of tasty alternatives to the artery clogging animal proteins we are used to eating. Actually, many of the same meat-style meals can be made using the meat analogs in place of ground beef, so who’s to know? Just slip it into the spaghetti sauce and enjoy. Do not eat soy pills in the hopes of increasing longevity. Studies do not support any soy pill pushing advantages, so save your money.
Include Soy in Your Diet to Live Longer
We are talking real food here and there a plenty of money saving whole soy foods to choose from on the web, like roasted soy nuts, cereals like soy cereal, and meat analogs. The cereal is inexpensive and has 25 grams of protein and 9 grams of healthy fiber per 1/2cup serving. After all, it could be the health insurance on your plate. Mix it with your favorite brand, if you have one.
Our Soy is Their Soy
The United States raises almost 80% of the world’s soy and then ships most of it to Asian countries to consume and to live longer and healthier lives than we actually do. Ironically, the only group in the Western countries that can match the Asian’s longevity are the Seventh Day Adventists, who usually eat whole soy foods regularly. The proof of the healthy qualities of these simple little soybeans are not in the thousands of human clinical studies bearing them out, but are evidenced in the healthy longevity of the groups of people who eat soy every day as their main source of protein.
It seems ridiculous that we would work so hard and then, when we are able to finally relax a little, take advantage of our social security and more lifestyle choices that we turn around and dig our graves with our spoons. Of course, anyone has the perfect right to die the way they want, but it seems pointless when the same basic meat-style meals can be eaten and enjoyed. After all, we can still eat that occasional steak if desired. Let’s hope we keep eating the soy now, maybe it will make us smarter, too.