Anyone been following the dietary habits of these long-lived people in Japan? No meat, no dairy, a large variety of root vegetables, buckwheat noodles, barley, azuki beans. I wish I could find more specifics about what they are growing:
and for those of us who have composting toilets, any article that starts out like this has my attention
"The Fecal microflora of 15 healthy elderly persons with a median age of 84 years in a rural area whose inhabitants tend to be long-lived (Yuzurihara-area, Uenohara, Yamanashi Prefecture) was compared with the microflora of individuals with a median age of 68 years in an urban area (Tokyo). The diet of the elderly persons in the Yuzurihara area is characterized by a high intake of dietary fiber. Total numbers of anaerobic bacteria were significantly smaller in the elderly persons in the Yuzurihara area than those in the Tokyo area. A significantly large number of bifidobacteria, but not of lecithinase-negative clostridia, was observed in the elderly persons in the Yuzurihara area."