116 Year Old Woman Says Two Dietary Choices Key To Longevity

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I have to be honest when I say that I’m not sure I could live with this.

An Italian woman named Emma Morano is the world’s oldest living person. She’s 116 years young. She was born in the 1800s, with a birthdate of Nov. 29, 1899. Speaking from her home in Verbania, Italy, Morano claimed two dietary choices have contributed to her incredible longevity: raw eggs and raw steak.

“My father brought me to the doctor, and when he saw me he said, ‘Such a beautiful girl. If you had come just two days later, I would have not been able to save you.’ He told me to eat two or three eggs a day, so I eat two eggs a day,” she said at the time.

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Morano has been considered to have been in good health her entire life. She’s considered a phenom when it comes to just plain ole’ living.

Could there be something to the whole “raw eggs and steak?” Well, of course, there most certainly could be. Regarding eggs, the risk is Salmonella infection, but if Morano was receiving the eggs from trusted sources, she likely avoided this risk. According to WHFoods.com, the pros are pretty incredible when it comes to skipping the cooking part in that egg diet.

  • 36% more vitamin D
  • 33% more omega-3s
  • 33% more DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • 30% more lutein + zeaxanthin
  • 23% more choline
  • 20% more biotin
  • 19% more zinc

That’s a huge nutritional upswing. When it comes to steak, some consistent cooking concepts apply: Cooking destroys a lot of vitamin and mineral presence. Steak and many types of meat contain a lot of vitamin C, but cooking depletes it dramatically. So maybe Morano was just loaded with vitamin C? Or maybe her raw diet was from great sources and the rest of her eating profile didn’t include a lot of the modern pitfalls of processed foods?

Either way, hey, congratulations to her. A life well lived, it sure seems.


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