Saturday, December 18, 2004

A long and lonely life

The Polymeal diet will make you live longer, according to Dutch scientists. It includes red wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruit, vegetables, almonds, and garlic.

Sounds like an attractive sort of diet, but the garlic does it for me. I'll just have to live shorter. However, I'm not sure that I'd want to use this diet to live longer anyway, after reading that researchers found the diet did have one unfortunate side effect -- bad breath and nasty body odor.

Actually, I find this kind of story a bit annoying. There is no real information there. How long do you need to be on the diet before the effects kick in? A month? A year? Ten years? Twenty? How do they know? Is it effective for everybody? In what proportions are the foods eaten? What if I've been on the diet for twenty years and get run over by a bus and killed. Can I sue?


emily said...

I think my boy&I are already on it - Korea's teeming w/fish everywhere you look, typically in tanks outside restaurants, whether upscale or hygenically questionable.

Our favorite treat's a bar of Lindt 70% cocoa and a bottle of Chilean/Australian red. I throw garlic into everything I cook (heavy on vegetables and chicken) and we've always got a jar of almonds around.

Ah well, if it increases body odor, we're both off the meat market, I suppose.

Badaunt said...

I'm with you on the fish and veges. And the red wine. I went off chocolate for a while, but I'm back on that now, too, in small doses. (Therapeutic, of course.)

Garlic's a problem for me, though. I love it, but my body doesn't tolerate it for some reason - I get horrible side-effects. This doesn't stop me from having a little occasionally, but I pay for it.

It's a lot easier to be healthy here than in NZ, I think. Fish and veges are normal. Meat is common, but in smaller amounts, and not as a main dish.