Jamie Oliver Has Learned the Secret to a Long Life: ‘It’s Not About Goji Berries and Green Juice’

11/18/2015 at 04:56 PM ET

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Want to live a long life? Jamie Oliver has a few tips he’s picked up recently.

The celebrity chef traveled the world for his new series Jamie’s Super Food, in which he spends time in communities where people live the longest lives of anyone.

One of his favorites is Ikaria, Greece, where he says though people are relatively poor, their habits help them remain healthy into old age.

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“The food was bloody brilliant. The whole island is organic. They are not rich people,” Oliver tells PEOPLE. “They don’t really have a national health service or anything, so if anyone gets badly ill, they just have a festival and a big rave and all the proceeds go to getting that kid to fly to Athens and getting fixed up.”

People who are sick or have disabilities aren’t shut away — they are out in the community with everyone else, which he says helps everyone’s longevity.

The show, which airs on Sundays on Pivot network, is full of tips he believes will help people lives longer lives. “It’s not about goji berries and green drinks; it’s about cooking smart,” Oliver says in a promo.

“I love putting it great little one-liners that inspire me,” he says. “If you eat a handful of nuts a day, that statistically gives you two to three years extra on the planet and 50 percent less likely to get heart disease. Just from nuts.”

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Oliver is also bringing his documentary Jamie’s Sugar Rush to the U.S. It previously aired in the United Kingdom, and explores the devastating health effects sugar can have on people’s diets. He says step one to solving this problem is cooking your own meals and keep an eye on ingredients for things people might not realize has a lot of sugar, like the morning bowl of cereal.

“I don’t think the show is trying to be anti-sugar. We realize it’s delicious and lovely and as a chef, we use it,” he says. “It’s just how in a funny kind of way, cake and chocolate are honest. We’ve always known what they are. It’s the other stuff that feels less honest. People just don’t know — and we’re paying the price for it with obesity, diabetes.

Sugar Rush premieres Wednesday night (Nov. 18) on Pivot network.

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Susan on

My fave way to eat a handful of nuts is a Snickers. Yum.

Anonymous on

I love love nuts! I’m in…

L on

I like his personnality….

michelle on

I love this chef. The book he’s got out now is a very good one. Simple but great. I, too, try to avoid as much sugars. I do eat a lot of almonds. walnuts, etc. esp. late at night if I get hungry. But most of the time, I blend it with my shakes in the morning. No more chewing! Then, I’m full! I remember reading an article about how almonds and walnuts look like the brain. Sure enough, they do. They have certain things in them that actually are good for the brain. Eat nuts, eat healthy. With all other foods, eat moderately.

jenniferlynne01 on

I’m allergic to nuts. The rest is just a no-brainer. This whole article was a waste of my time.

Jenb64 on

I always enjoy watching Jamie on TV, but what happened to him? His hotness has all been sucked away. 😦

Evil on

I love Jamie, but I secretly hope he drops dead of a heart attack at 45. Yes, I realize I’m a horrible person.

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