Longevity - cumulative nutrition or daily effects?
I was reading about how beets lower blood pressure and it got me thinking. If a person who would have had high blood pressure grows up eating beets daily, he may never suffer the problem. Another person might exist who eats whole foods and has the same condition (say it's genetic, not environmental, etc.) and gets all his micronutrient needs met, but simply misses out on beets, ends up with high blood pressure and dies early in spite of eating well.
I'm just wondering, how many of us might be clinging tightly to one food that keeps us in check without knowing it? I love my green apples for their life-extending properties, but what if they are also doing something else I am unaware of? Some other gnawing reason I simply MUST have them?
Clearly it's ridiculous to suggest that any given food will benefit an entire population, but there must be some regional genepools that have come to rely on local vegetation, right? Did my ancestors grow up in apple forests and develop a physiological trait that meant apples need to be consumed regularly?
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.