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Jamie Oliver starts super food revolution

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Jamie Oliver has plans to make Australia super.

To make his plans work, he travelled the world from the Korean island of Jeju, to the Swiss Alps and Sardinia in Italy to examine communities where life expectancy is high.

The secret to their longevity comes down largely to what they eat, which he explores in his new show, Jamie's Super Food Family Classics

"What we've tried to do in the series is say 'Well actually guys, here are all the parts of the world where people live the longest. Look at the ingredients they're using, most of it is really every day'," Oliver said.

Super foods are not unobtainable fad ingredients but are, by Oliver's definition, any fruit or vegetable, nut and seed.

Adding these into our diet doesn't have to be complicated.

"If you love potato then for a third, or half, the week swap it out for sweet potato.

"Sweet potatoes are often found in the areas where people live the longest. It's super nutritious and also you can mash it, roast it, chip it, do whatever you want with it. So swapping that out half of the time for potatoes is an upgrade," he said.

"I felt the metaphor for the series was that super foods don't have to be goji berries and quinoa. Actually it can be a carrot. It can even be a sweet potato and pasta. There's nothing wrong with carbohydrates, let's just teach you a few things about them so you can understand them."

Oliver shares some habits he picked up from these healthy parts of the world show.

"Everything they eat is organic because that's what's around them," he said.

"I think generally speaking what they've done is they've made their life not too convenient. They've created excuses in their life to go upstairs, to have to reach up to the cupboard.

"Some of the communities sit on the floor so by default they're doing 20 squats a day; pretty much all of them tend a garden."

Ultimately it comes down to knowledge about what makes a diet healthy and he demonstrates how to put this knowledge into practise in everyday meals.

"We've taken things like burgers, and mac and cheese, and shepherd's pie, things that might be seen as indulgent, but rewritten them to be super healthy," he said.

It's just another way in which Oliver has tried to change the world for the better, tackling obesity issues and health problems.

"I think my job is to give the public legit recipes and then hopefully, with a little bit of a twist that they feel really comfortable with, they can put a few surprises in there, and I kind of think that that's my job really," he said.

* Jamie's Super Food Family Classics airs on Network Ten from November 1 and November 2 at 7.30pm.

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