- Is it possible to live to 125 or maybe 150? It's certainly
a possibility, as discussed on Oprah Winfrey's recent show on longevity.
She visited me at my farm to learn how, at 86, I am enjoying the robust
health, energy, and mental creativity of someone many decades younger.
My secret: large quantities of fruit and vegetables, plus an hour of daily
- No pills, not even aspirin, and certainly no supplements
ever enter my mouth -- everything I need comes from my fish-vegetarian
diet, which incorporates 30-40 different kinds of fruit and vegetables
every week. Even though I am Chairman and Owner of Dole Food Company, I
do most of my own grocery shopping, and even took Oprah on an impromptu
trip to Costco, in a day that included bike riding, exercise in the gym,
and juicing vegetables in the kitchen. Oprah marveled at how much I eat,
and yet never gain a pound. In fact, I expend a lot of energy in my 50-60
minutes of cardio and strength training every day. Plus there's the fact
that fruit and vegetables tend to be lower in calories, but higher in filling
fiber and other nutrients that help you feel satisfied.
- By eating many fruits and vegetables in place of fast
food and junk food, people could avoid obesity. Obesity accelerates aging
even faster than smoking, according to scientific research.
- We created the North Carolina Research Campus to study
the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. It is the only campus in
the world encompassing eight universities all working together for the
benefit of health and longevity. These include Duke University, UNC Chapel
Hill, NC State University, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina Central University,
NC A&T State University, UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State University.
We've gathered a comprehensive array of famous scientists and scientific
equipment under one roof, including a two-story, 950 megahertz, 8-ton superconducting
magnet. It is the largest and most powerful magnet in the world and will
help us look at both plant and human cells at the most minute level. We
are constantly doing research on all fruit and vegetables, including the
ones listed below, which are the mainstay of my diet.
- The Healthiest Foods on Earth