Live Longer with Whole Grains and Legumes

Live Longer with Whole Grains and Legumes

Start making healthy food choices 

From The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council in Australia, have a look at this research from Norway. Please be aware that this is an industry body so please go to this link for the original information.


Conducted by researchers from Norway, this modelling study aimed to determine the impact of sustained dietary changes on life expectancy.

Key Findings

  • Following a healthy diet rich in plant foods such as whole grains and legumes, can increase a 20-year-olds life expectancy by 10.7 years for females and up to 13 years for males

  • Even for 80-year-olds, gains of 3.4 years are possible for both females and males following a healthy diet long term.

  • The most effective way to increase life expectancy is by eating more legumes (+2.2 and 2.5 years for females and males, respectively), whole grains (+2.0 and 2.3 years), and nuts (+1.7 and 2.0 years), and eating less red meat (+1.6 and 1.9 years) and processed meats (+1.6 and 1.9 years).

This research has shown that it is never too late to start making healthy food choices and adults of all ages can benefit from enjoying more whole grains and legumes. Check out the GLNC website for more information on how to incorporate more whole grains and legumes into your usual diet: https://www.glnc.org.au/


You can check out the study called 'Estimating impact of food choices on life expectancy: A modeling study' here.

Live Longer with Whole Grains and Legumes

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