Here at GoodtoKnow, we are huge Jamie O fans. So when the chef and dad of four said he’d discovered the 14 ‘hero’ foods that could see us living a lot longer – to 100 years old no less! – we sat up and paid attention.
If there’s a way to live to 100 that doesn’t involve expensive procedures and ridiculous lotions and potions, we want to know. And when we saw Mr Oliver’s list of the 14 foods that could really improve our health and wellbeing from the inside out, we were practically grabbing our coats and heading off to the supermarket to stock up.
In his new TV series ‘Jamie’s Super Foods’, the chef travels the world to compile a list of 14 ‘hero’ ingredients, including simple products such as fish and eggs, which he says we all need to stock up on in our kitchens. He also unveiled some simple rules that can help towards a longer life, including limiting your family’s meat intake to two portions a week and consuming the majority of your calories in the first half of the day.
Jamie has been busy posting lots of healthy ideas to his Instagram, such as this ‘granola dust’
And don’t worry, our Jamie isn’t about to start recommending never-heard-of ingredients you can’t find in your local supermarket. He says in the Channel 4 show: ‘It’s not about goji berries and green drinks. It’s about cooking smart with simple foods… They’re all using humble ingredients to make some of the simplest and tastiest dishes I’ve ever tasted.’
Jamie, who’s dad to Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice and Poppy Honey Rosie (phew!), has revealed he lost two stone by simply cutting our alcohol, sleeping more and eating many of the foods he recommends in his programme.
Jamie’s 14 hero foods – revealed!
For: Protein, vitamins D, A, B2 and B12, folic acid and iodine
2. Goat’s milk (eg Feta cheese)
For: Calcium, protein and vitamin D
For: Omega fatty acids
4. Sweet potato
For: Vitamins A, B5, B6
5. Wild greens and herbs
For: Magnesium and folic acid
For: Eight essential amino acids, iron and calcium
For: Copper, folic acid and magnesium
8. Black beans
For: Fibre, potassium, iron, folic acid and magnesium
9. Fresh fruit
For: Vitamins vary from fruit to fruit
For: Iron and vitamin B12
11. Wild rice
For: Magnesium, fibre and phosphorus
For: Vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants
For: Magnesium, zinc, also high in vitamin B12
For: Vitamins C and A, and antioxidants
How many of these foods do you already eat? Would you make changes to your diet on Jamie’s recommendations? Let us know below!