Raw Eggs, Bacon, Wine…Weird Diet Secrets of the World's Oldest People Slideshow
Eggs are a healthy breakfast, but should anyone besides Rocky Balboa be gulping them raw? Meet Emma Morano, the 117-year-old woman who currently holds the title of the world’s oldest person. She says that at the age of 20 she started eating two raw eggs a day after her doctor prescribed them to counter her anemia deficiency.
Miso Okawa, the Japanese supercentenarian, born in 1898, once said that the key to a long life was “eating delicious things.” Her diet included foods such as ramen noodles and beef stew, but a majority of her meals involved raw fish, especially mackerel sushi.
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Every morning, Susannah Mushatt Jones, who only recently passed away at the age of 116, ate a breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs. There was even a sign on her kitchen wall that read, “Bacon Makes Everything Better.” Besides bacon, Jones also attributed her longevity to not smoking or drinking, and to getting lots of sleep.
While never taking a sip of alcohol might be better for your health in the long run, there are many people who drink every day and live long and happy lives. It might be hard to believe, but Mariano “Pops” Rotelli, who is now 107, has said that his longevity and lack of medical complications could be attributed to spiking his morning coffee with a shot of whisky. “I’ve had a shot of whisky in my coffee every morning for 100 years,” said Rotelli. “I went to the doctor three times in 100 years. He’s dead. I’m still living.” It’s hard to argue with those results.
A glass of wine a day might keep the doctor away— for your entire life. Nancy Lamperti, a centenarian from Staten Island, is proof that longevity can be achieved even while downing copious amounts of booze. Lamperti’s son says that his mother’s lunch consisted of two glasses of Paisano wine, followed by a late afternoon glass of Southern Comfort, and that she concluded her day with a night cap of Budweiser. Let the college student rejoice in the streets.
When 108-year-old Jessie Gallan was asked what keeps her feeling young, she responded, “All I would say is that I like my porridge. I have done all my life.” No matter where she lived over the years, she always started her morning with a bowl of porridge — with salt. Her other piece of advice for living a long life: avoid men.
Elizabeth Sullivan turned 104 last year, and when she was asked the secret of her longevity she revealed a shocking answer: three cans of Dr. Pepper a day. Sugary soft drinks have been criticized (and rightfully so) as major sources of empty calories, which contribute to weight gain and other diseases. Sullivan started her Dr. Pepper regime when she was 60 and hasn’t looked back. What makes Dr. Pepper so healthy? Nobody knows; the recipe is a closely guarded secret.
Fresh Orange Juice
On the opposite end of the spectrum from Dr. Pepper is freshly squeezed orange juice. Jack LaLanne, who died in 2011 at the age of 96, attributed his long life and age-defying physique to a fresh cup of orange juice each day (along with a rigorous workout routine that would make any 20-something blush). His dietary mantra was, “If man made it, don’t eat it,” and he believed in dining primarily on meat, fruit, and vegetables.