Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world, turned 117 this week in lake-side Pallanza, Northern Italy. She credits her longevity to being single, drinking homemade brandy and eating a certain staple every day: two raw eggs.
Back in her teens, Morano was told by a doctor to start eating three eggs a day for her anemia. Up until a few years ago, she did just that.
It’s well established in the scientific community that a balanced, whole foods diet plays an integral part in overall health and wellness. But can diet impact longevity as well?
Your diet alone can both cause and reverse inflammation, a dangerous precursor to many prevalent diseases that can take you out early, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Since healthy foods can prevent or delay the onset of disease, it only makes sense that food and the aging process go hand-in-hand.
In fact, scientists have discovered that the Mediterranean diet is particularly effective at increasing life expectancy. It’s no wonder, too. This heart-healthy diet contains plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats and olive oil — all good things!