For years, centenarians have been claiming that the key to leading a long, full life is avoiding relationships—particularly with men. But it turns out there may be another path to the Fountain of Youth that doesn’t involve celibacy.
Last week, Guinness World Records announced that Italy’s Emma Morano had become the oldest living person on the planet at the age of 116. Like a number of other women who have lived well into their hundreds, Morano has been single for most of her life ("I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she told the New York Times last year). But in addition to her solitude, she also made sure to eat three raw eggs and 100 grams of raw steak each day.
The diet was initially recommended by a doctor to help offset anemia, and according to the Times, Morano’s meals also consist of ground meat, soupy pasta and a banana.
“She abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be submissive. She was always very decisive," Carlo Bava, her doctor of 23 years, told the Associated Press. Though for years Morano had eaten three raw eggs a day, she's recently scaled her diet back to just two. “Her longevity is a genetic fact, nothing else. She is a person who from a young age had a difficult life that would have sapped the energy out of anyone."
Susannah Mushatt Jones, a 116-year-old woman from Brooklyn, was the world’s oldest person before she passed away on May 12. She told the New York Post in 2015 that she ate bacon “all day long,” and previous centenarians had touted the benefits of drinking three Miller High Lifes and four bottles of red wine each day.