Some doctors deemed it risk-riddled, but oldest woman alive proves daily bacon is key to a long life and, at 116 years old, is difficult not to take her word for it.
- Susannah Mushatt Jones was born on July 6th, 1899
- She is one of the two people on the planet still alive who were born in the 19th century
- Jones worked as a nanny in New York for most of her life
- At 116 years old, she upkeeps a diet of eggs, grit and bacon in the morning, along with fruits and vegetables for dinner
Susannah Mushatt Jones has been declared by Guinness World Records to be the oldest woman alive, exceeding the average life expectancy by 40 years. The key to her longevity? Bacon. And, if we are all honest with ourselves, that may sound much better than most advice we’ve ever received about staying healthy.
Jones, to this moment, consumes a hefty breakfast of eggs, grits and bacon to start off her day. On every morning for literally over a century, she has begun every daily routine with the regular four delicious strips of pork belly. While some experts disclaim its benefits, Jones swears by it, eats it and proves it.
There is a sign in her kitchen that reads “Bacon makes everything better”. While that’s certainly no credential, it’s just another hint that the oldest woman alive is indeed a bacon-enthusiast. In fact, she is definitely the oldest lover of the strips. In addition to the tasty treat though, she upkeeps a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, along with “lots of sleep”.
Her relatives, however, insist that the key to a long and happy life is heart. They claim that the secret to Auntie Jones’ longevity is her generosity and kindness to all those around them. And she has quite a good number of people to back up that claim. While she has no children of her own, the world’s oldest woman has 100 nieces and nephews to celebrate her long life.
Jones is one of the only two people in the world left that was born in the 1800s. Her story began on July 6th, 1899 in Alabama. Born the third out of eleven children, Jones attended a special school for African-American girls, graduated, and then joined her father on his work across cotton fields. Just one year later, she left to become a nanny in New York.
Her long journey through life included living to see two world wars go by, the civil rights movement, technological revolutions, and too many inventions to count.
Over 116 years later, Jones lives in a housing complex for the elderly in Brooklyn, where she remains active enough. For her age, it’s a true marvel that she’s not bed bound for the entirety of the day. And, the only medication she takes is for controlling blood pressure.
Jones has since lost her eyesight, but is still keeping up with her diet. Some experts have stated that bacon is indeed rich in valuable protein, better than beef or chicken. It’s said to revitalize energy levels, naturally lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and can also alleviate the risk of heart disease.
Not to mention is the most delicious advice for a long and healthy life.
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