Latin Americans Battling Asian Americans For Life Expectancy Lead.

          From a cultural perspective, it may sound odd for Americans to focus on our differences.  In some categories, however, it can show that diet makes a lifestyle difference that can allow your ethnic group to live longer than other populations.  So when it comes to life expectancy at birth, it may come as a surprise to many Americans that Latins are battling Asians for life expectancy supremacy in the United States, with Whites and Blacks several years back.  To date, Asians currently have a higher life expectancy overall throughout the US- which is impressive considering Asia is large and its peoples' cultures are disparate, making it more likely that there are some cultures that live a long time and others that don't in its group.
           
          At the same time, Latin people are making inroads in several states, drawing nearly even in places and pulling ahead in Virginia.  Here is a comparison of life expectancy at birth that showcases the best results for Latinos [Keep in mind that these people normally eat a Med-Mex diet similar to Maya Botticelli's food offerings]:


          Latin Americans
          Asian Americans

          [Age in Years]
          1. Minnesota
          87.3
          83.5


          2. Virginia
          88.3
          87.2


          3. Washington State
          85.4
          85.4


          4. Wisconsin
          86.0
          86.4


          5. Oregon
          85.4
          86.2


          Data from the Kaiser Foundation

          Of course there are some states where the Med-Mex diet isn't as prevalent in the Latin population.  In those states- or where there is a high amount of humidity near the coast, or a larger number of Mediterranean Asians, perhaps looking into the Med-Mex diet would help people to live longer:

          Latin Americans
          Asian Americans
          1. Texas
          80.7
          88.7
          2. Florida
          83.1
          88.9
          3. Hawaii
          76.8
          82.0

          Data from the Kaiser Foundation