If there’s anyone who know how to age well, it’s the supercentenarians—that is, folks who are older than 110. And if you’re looking to reach the triple digits yourself, it might be worthwhile to learn what the world’s oldest people eat for breakfast and take some of their advice.
Interestingly, no two supercentenarians, or even centenarians, have the same diet, and each person’s morning routine seems to be rooted more in personal preference and culture than scientific evidence. But there’s clearly something about these morning meals that’s working for them. Some of the world’s oldest people even swear that a good breakfast itself is the secret to a long life, which is all the more reason to take time to eat breakfast every day.
Taking some advice about what to eat for breakfast from seven of the world’s oldest people might help you reach your 100th birthday, if not even older, or, at the very least, age with grace and a full belly.
Jessie Gallan, 109: Porridge
Scotland’s oldest woman Jessie Gallan, 109, has two major pieces of advice for any woman interested living a long life. The first is to, “eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning,” she explained in an interview with the Daily Mail. The second is to stay away from men. “They're just more trouble than they're worth.” That also means more porridge for yourself in the morning.
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116: Bacon
Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, famously ate a hearty breakfast every morning, complete with bacon, eggs, and grits before she passed away in May 2016. But really, the four strips of bacon were the bedrock of this Brooklyn resident’s daily meal.
The Clarke Sisters: British Food
Four British sisters—Freda and Doris Latham, Gladys Camp, and Phyllis Friend, all née Clarke—have a combined age of 391 and are the world’s oldest siblings. They all swear by bland British food, like fried eggs and toast, and avoid spice. “Today they have all spiced-up things and I don't think it does you any good,” Camp told the Daily Mail.
Jiroemon Kimura, 116: Rice Porridge and Miso Soup
Before he died in 2013 at the age of 116, Kyoto native Jiroemon Kimura was the world’s oldest man and firmly believed in the power of keeping a regular morning routine. He would wake up at the crack of dawn to read the newspaper and enjoy a simple breakfast of rice porridge and miso soup, according to The Guardian.
Emma Morano, 116: Raw Eggs
Emma Morano, 116, has eaten raw eggs for breakfast every single day since her teens, on the advice of a doctor who recommended them to fight anemia, according to The New York Times. The Italian woman, who still lives alone, credits this diet tip with her longevity.
Misao Okawa, 117: Ramen
Misao Okawa died in April 2015, less than a month after she turned 117, and she had one secret to her long life. “Eating delicious things is a key to my longevity,” she told The Japan Times, and one of her favorite dishes was ramen.
Filomena Taipe Mendoza, 117: Goat Cheese and Sheep's Milk
Peruvian supercentenarian Filomena Taipe Mendoza told officials that a natural diet was the reason she had reached 117, never having drunk canned soda or eaten processed foods. “I always ate potatoes, goat meat, sheep milk, goat cheese and beans,” according to the Daily Mail — things she could get from her garden, not a grocery store.