The Melis family making minestrone in Sardinia.
The Melis family resides on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italy — and has been recognized by Guinness for their longevity. Together, they hold the record for the highest combined age of any nine siblings, at 828 years collectively.
What’s their secret? Perhaps it has a bit to do with a soup, one they’ve eaten every day for lunch their entire lives, says Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zone Solution.
The author uncovered the components of the Melis’ minestrone, which has all the ingredients of a long, healthy life. A serving of the soup has a cup of beans to add three to four years of longevity, olive oil with antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory garlic, among other powerful additions.
“And they ate it for decades,”Buettner tells Yahoo Health. “We’re mistaken in thinking there’s one super-healthy food. This soup shows they were never eating unhealthy foods for lunch, it was hearty so they weren’t hungry a couple hours later, and it tastes good so people stick with it.”
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