Richland Springs, TX – Pearl Cantrell is 105 years young, and her secret to her long life might surprise you: bacon.
Cantrell said, “I love bacon, I eat it everyday. I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”
The central Texas resident celebrated her most recent birthday over three days with more than 200 guests. And when Oscar Mayer found out how much Cantrell loves bacon, the company sent one of its Wienermobiles to her home.
“We’ve seen a lot of stories on the road, but nothing quite like this one. So we’re excited to be here,” said Abraham Luna, a “hotdogger” for Oscar Mayer. “We know she’s an inspiration. Pearl is an inspiration for the community and her friends and family.”
Not only did Cantrell get to ride in the Wienermobile, but Oscar Mayer gave her more bacon, and local news station KRBC said the company is planning to send her even more bacon in the future.
If Cantrell’s secret sounds too good to be true, you might be even more surprised to learn that there is research that supports her claim about the health benefits of bacon. In March, a study conducted by the University of Zurich found that eating little to no red meat can be a risk factor for early death.
According to The Atlantic, the reason little or no red meat can lead to early death is because red meat contains important vitamins and nutrients. The researchers also found that if people limited their daily meat consumption to less than 20 grams, 3 percent of premature deaths could be prevented in a given year.
Of course, on the flip side, too much red meat “was associated with significantly increased mortality only before they controlled for lifestyle factors.” So the key here is moderation.
There is also scientific proof that red meat makes you happy, although the researchers who conducted that study weren’t able to explain the why behind it.
What do you think of Pearl Cantrell’s secret to her long life? Does it make you want to eat more bacon?