We suggest the following approach: let’s look at what countries have highest life expectancy and see what they have in common:
The list is taken from this video:
Although they seem very different, they actually do have a lot in common. In one half of the countries the groceries are relatively cheap compared to average wage, in others there’s a just a culture of diets based on healthy food like veggies and fish. So. first point here – more veggies and fish.
Furthermore, although not directly related to cuisine, people in these countries live a more active lifestyle. Just have a look at how many bikes are there in Netherlands or Sweden, for example. You will hard;y find any obese people there. Point #2 – despite smaller calories intake, these are ‘good’ calories from quality, not junk food.
So, to summarize: despite some of these countries have some not-that-healthy traditional meals, the general food culture and access to cheaper healthy food is the key to maintaining a healthier lifestyle.