When we see a place as beautiful as Nicoya in Costa Rica, we can easily imagine living a long, healthy life there. But apart from the abundance of vitamin D, which is thanks to the many sunny days, there are other reasons that can explain the old age of the local population:
- The water in Nicoya is particularly rich in calcium, an important nutrient for maintaining bone strength and warding off heart disease.
- Don’t expect keto followers or low-carbohydrate diets in Nicoya! Nicoyan centenarians traditionally consumed a trio of Mesoamerican staples: beans, pumpkin, and corn. Today they also eat a lot of rice and plantains, fewer vegetables, tropical fruits and very little meat, fish and poultry.
- Their caloric intake remains reasonable compared to what can be seen in many western countries and they prefer a light dinner.
- They enjoy doing physically active work and live relatively stress-free.