This Woman is 116 Years Old, and She Eats Carbs Every Day!

Emma Morano, 116, poses for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN)

Emma Morano, 116, poses for AFP photographer in Verbania, North Italy, on May 14, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN)

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Emma Morano is the oldest living person in the world. She is 116 years and 130 days old, and counting! She is also probably one of the few humans to have seen 3 centuries in her lifetime. 

Emma was born on November 29, 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. Currently, she lives in a small town on the Italy-Switzerland border in her own, one-bedroom home. For a 116 year old, she is in very good health. 

Emma credits her longevity to eating two to three raw eggs every day, having an early bedtime and being single. She started eating two raw eggs every day when she was diagnosed with anemia as a teenager. Emma also eats pasta and mince meat daily, and she still has a drink of brandy on occasion.

Surprise! It looks like you don't have to go on a totally carb-free, raw, vegan diet to live over 100. Perhaps the old saying, "everything in moderation" is enough. 

Emma Morano in her home in 2015 in Verbania, Italy. Then she was the 5th oldest person in the world.  Now she is the oldest. Photo Credit Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times

Emma Morano in her home in 2015 in Verbania, Italy. Then she was the 5th oldest person in the world.  Now she is the oldest. Photo Credit Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times

More than her diet, Emma credits being single since 1938 as helping her to live a long and happy life. She decided that, after leaving her unhappy marriage in 1938, she did not want to be dominated anymore. So, despite suitors throughout her life, she chose to remain single. 

When consulted, Emma's doctor - Carlo Bava - cited her genetics, as well as her emotional state as an important factor in her longevity. Carlo spoke about how Emma is always so serene, often smiles, and remains decisive when things get difficult. Most telling, perhaps, is that she is always able to find joy in her life.

Article by Rajmani Sinclair, May 17, 2016