The national Institute on aging in the United States published the results of a 23-year-old research on the effects of low calorie diet on life span. Conducted on rhesus monkeys experiment showed that the caloric content of the diet does not affect longevity.
Earlier studies of mice, rats, fruit flies and worms led to the conclusion that living organisms live on 30-50% longer if you reduce the calorie content of their diet by 10-40 percent compared to those animals that consumed as much food as they wanted. In the new experiment, the scientists have created 2 groups a total of 121 monkey under age one were juveniles 14 years of age, in the second Mature until the age of 23. Some of the monkeys were fed on a normal program, the second part is restricted in the use of calories.
In 2006, the experiment revealed improvement of the immune system in monkeys on a low-calorie diet, as well as lowering the risk of cancer or other diseases. But upon the expiration of the studies in the oldest individuals have the same number of tumors, cardiac ailments and other signs of aging and decay regardless of the power groups. Receiving a limited diet monkeys did not live longer than their peers on a regular diet, although in the group of cancer cases was less. However, the head of the laboratory of neuroscience at the National Institute on aging mark Mattson still skips Breakfast and lunch on weekdays and Breakfast on the weekends, as it considers contrary to the results of studies that fasting stimulates the brain and makes people healthier.