One of the best things about travelling is learning about a new culture and discovering their delicious cuisine. Sometimes when you’re travelling you might feel guilty about all of the unhealthy food and drink you are indulging in. These are our top picks of exciting destinations where locals eat healthily, so you won’t feel guilty while you’re away from your DayToDay deliveries!
This Italian island follows a Mediterranean type of diet. Sardinians are famed for their longevity – this island is one of the 5 Blue Zones in the world – where people live the longest. Their diet is mostly made up of vegetables, wholegrains, beans, bread, a moderate amount of meat, and you’ll be pleased to know, a daily glass of local red wine which is very high in antioxidants. Most of the foods people eat here are locally harvested and hunted, and you will find many farm-to-fork concept restaurants. Their longevity also comes as a result of their lifestyle, as they prioritise daily walking and family time. Their abundance of beautiful beaches with azure crystal clear waters probably help too!
Greek people also follow a Mediterranean diet based on simple and wholesome food. The traditional Meditteranean diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Locals eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, grilled lean meat, seafood, and a bit of dairy. They also opt for honey over processed sugar, and Greece has the highest per capita consumption of olive oil in the world at around 24 litres a year! Olive oil is anti-inflammatory and rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. The local food is tasty and the rest of the country’s main attractions – stunning beaches, mountains, ancient ruins – can be enjoyed outdoors in fresh air.
The Scandanavian diet is also considered one of the world’s healthiest as its rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. There isn’t a strong fast-food culture and people tend to eat seasonal foods. If you come to Sweden expect to eat lots of locally sourced fatty fish, like mackerel and herring, dark rye bread, berries, vegetables like cabbage and brussels sprouts. Other parts of their culture which contribute to their high standard of health is regular sauna use, cycling (even during their freezing winters!) and spending time outdoors.
Japan has one of the highest life expectancies and lowest obesity rates in the world. They are also the country with the highest number of centenarians (people over 100 years old) so they must be doing something right with their diet! The traditional Japanese diet is low in calories and saturated fats, with lots of rice, fish, vegetables, seaweed, pickled foods, green tea, and heaps of fermented foods which support a healthy digestive and immune system. Fermented soybean products like tofu, natto and miso are very popular.