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Bruce Springsteen shares the dietary tip that keeps him healthy at 73 – ‘biggest thing’

Bruce Springsteen has been putting out hit after hit for decades and the star shows no sign of slowing down. Aside from his vibrant music career, the 73-year-old also has a podcast with former president and friend Barack Obama. So, what’s the secret to Springsteen’s longevity?

The Born to Run singer credits his longevity to his dietary approach.

In a conversation with his good friend and fellow musician Tim McGraw for Apple Music, Springsteen spoke about his current lifestyle choices.

He said: “The biggest thing is diet, diet, diet. I don’t eat too much, and I don’t eat bad food, except for every once in a while when I want to have some fun for myself.

“So I think anybody that’s trying to get in shape, exercise is always important of course, but diet is 90 percent of the game.”

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Springsteen admitted that exercise is still vital but takes a backseat.

“I don’t do that much right now,” he said. “I lift a little weight to stay toned, I may get on the treadmill. I walk, I don’t run anymore.”

The two men also alluded to a story involving an incident on a treadmill, which Springsteen declined to share with viewers, other than to say: “If anybody’s come off a treadmill at about 60 miles per hour, that’s what happened to me.”

If it’s good for Springsteen, it’s good for you

The longevity benefits of a healthy diet sit atop a mountain of research.

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One study even suggested that simply changing what you eat can add up to 13 years to your life.

The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, created a model of what might happen to a man or woman’s longevity if they replaced a “typical Western diet” focused on red meat and processed foods with an “optimised diet” focused on eating less red and processed meat and more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.

If a woman began eating optimally at age 20, she could increase her lifespan by just over 10 years, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine. A man eating the healthier diet from age 20 could add 13 years to his life.

Focusing on a healthier diet could also lengthen the lives of older adults, the study said. By starting at age 60, a woman could still increase her lifespan by eight years. Men starting a healthier diet at age 60 might add nearly nine years to their lives.

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A plant-based eating style could even benefit 80-year-olds, the study said: Men and women could gain about 3.5 years of extra life from dietary changes.

To model the future impact of a person’s change of diet, researchers from Norway used existing meta-analyses and data from the Global Burden of Disease study, a database that tracks 286 causes of death, 369 diseases and injuries, and 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories around the world.

The largest gains in longevity were found from eating more legumes, which include beans, peas and lentils; whole grains, which are the entire seed of a plant; and nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios, the study found.

Eating less red and processed meat such as bacon, sausage and preserved deli meats was also linked to longer life.

What to eat

A healthy, balanced diet generally means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much saturated fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre.

There’s evidence that people who eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

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