Cheerful and full of energy, the people of Hunza Valley are one of the longest-living people on Earth whose health and longevity has puzzled researchers for years. This has spawned many myths and legends surrounding the Hunzas, some of which are true and some of which are plain false.
For example, many websites today claim that the Hunzas are vegetarian and some go as far as saying they’re vegans. While they do eat mostly a plant-based diet, the Hunzas definitely eat plenty of animal protein and some red meat as well.
The Hunza Diet
The Hunzas eat mostly fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. These are some of the fruits and veggies they consume the most: apricots, apples, pears, blackberries, cherries, potatoes, beans and peas, squash, carrots and turnips.
As for the nuts they consume, these are mostly walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and beechnuts.
The Hunzas also consume whole grains: buckwheat, barley, millet and wheat ( their bread is called chapatti and they eat it with every meal).
And finally, the Hunzas also eat plenty of animal protein, including lots of milk, cheese and yogurt, some chicken and rarely some red meat.
*Besides the main groups of foods, the Hunzas also eat quite a lot of dried apricot seeds and raw honey, and they drink plenty of glacier water and teas.
The Hunzas are an incredibly active people, which is one of the reasons they’re so agile and healthy even in their older years (some sources say that 100 years old Hunzas work in the fields just as much as the young).
When they’re not working, they’re walking. For the Hunzas, walking is an essential part of every single day. In fact, walking 15 miles is a common practice for the Hunza people.
Walking is a free, simple and most accessible form of physical activity, so even if you don’t want/can’t join the gym, you can walk just like the Hunzas.
The Hunza Lifestyle
The Hunzas lead stress-free, slow and relaxed lives, which is undoubtedly a contributor to their great physical and mental health. The Hunza people don’t overwhelm themselves with future in the way we, Westerners do. They live in the present, working, spending time with family and friends, walking and enjoying their lives.
Many Hunzas also practice yoga, conscious breathing and meditation.