“A Chent’Annos” is a traditional Sardinian toast. It translates to “May You Live to One Hundred”. In Sardinia, such longevity is not all that unusual.
In 2012, with a population of approximately 1.6 million, Sardinia was confirmed to have the world's highest percentage of people who lived to 100 years, according to the Guardian newspaper of the U.K. At that time, over 300 of Sardinia’s population had reached the century mark. That is twenty times greater than the number of people who live that long in the United States!
A Healthy Diet For Longevity
What might be the secret to the Sardinian’s long life? While genetics and culture certainly play a part, the impact of the healthy Sardinian diet is a major factor.
The typical Sardinian diet is rich in healthy nutrients from fresh locally grown vegetables and grains, prepared simply with olive oil and served with lemon, garlic and other spices. This diet is particularly rich in proteins derived from milk and cheese, while being low on sugary food and meat. In fact, some Sardinians will tell you they might eat meat only once or twice a week.
Authentic Sardinian food is delicious and healthy. It can easily become part of your family’s diet. You can buy ingredients here from our online market. Also, visit our restaurant, Arcodoro in Houston, TX, for delicious meals. Recipes can be found here on this website, and in the award winning cookbook, “Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey”.