The secret to a long life – 3 eggs a day


What’s the secret to a long life? Who better to ask than the only person alive who has lived in the 19th century!

According to world record holder Emma Morano, close to 117 years old, the secret is…. eggs.

Want to live a long and healthy life? The oldest woman in the world, who turns 117 in just a few days says that eating eggs is one of the main reasons why.

Emma Morano says that she first began eating eggs in her teens when a doctor prescribed them to treat anemia. reports that she was first prescribed three a day and stuck with it for more than 90 years. She has since backed that down…

– I eat two eggs a day and that’s it.

12News: Oldest Person in the World Shares Secret to Long Life – And It’s Eggs

Eggs are a fantastically nutritious food, and very popular on a low-carb diet. Below you’ll find our top egg recipes… perhaps they could even help you live longer?

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  1. Apicius
    This is really interesting. She grew up in the Piedmont region (northern part, mountain region). They are known to be "polenta eaters" as the region was known to be poor, and polenta (corn porridge) very cheap..."polentoni". But, they also have a pretty heavy meat and cheese diet, too. Making sausages, and dry curing meat in caves, for long term preservation, is a very common thing to do. Their cheese comes from grass fed cows, and drying the wheels in caves or cellars also very popular. Vegetables tend to take a lower participation in the meal. But, they are quite expert in foraging wild plants, like chicory, to make soups, omelettes and simple salads. Root vegetables are common, and a grated turnip dish, which is accompanied by something that looks a lot like Scottish hagis (intestine bag filled with bits of pork meat, organs, skin, etc, which needs to be boiled for hours and hours and hours to break down the hard skins. Their food tends to be called white food..."biancomangiare"...because it is unlike the deep reds and green foods of southern parts of Italy. It usually looks beige or brown or white. They use lard and cream A LOT in their cooking...not olive oil. Sugar is very uncommon in their traditional diet. As a poor people, and eating foods from their farms, sugar required money. Fruits were also not that common. They have apples, berries and some hardy stone fruit from their region...but available in the season, or what they can store in their cellar for the non season no oranges, pineapples, mangos, bananas...etc...unless someone could buy it. Apart from the eggs...which I'm sure helped...I think the other parts of the regional diet as explained above helped too.
  2. Fel
    From what I have gleaned from the internet, she is not a big eater and never was. She said she eat the eggs, some vegetables and very little fruit. Now her diet is mostly only eggs.
  3. Joannie
    Looking in the picture background, I have to believe her Catholic Faith was also a factor., People with a strong religious faith (check the longevity of nuns in convents) tend to live longer.
  4. Apicius
    I'm reminded of a time a few years ago, in a small village south east of Rome, where I was on a one week vacation. I was taking a morning stroll. I saw an old woman at the back of the house, standing in her vegetable garden. She looked at me while I looked at her. She motion her hand as to say "come here". Of course I obeyed. When I was right in front of her, she reached in the pocket of her apron, and out came an egg. "I just picked this up, fresh this morning". It really delighted me! "Thank you", I said. Then she said..."wait...there's more". She reached in her other apron pocket, and revealed a second egg. I was profusely thankful.

    I took them back to the apartment. Fried them in extra virgin olive oil (fresh harvest from that very region, from olive trees within 5 km radius).

    Best. Eggs. Ever!

    I would give thousands of dollars to relive that experience again.

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