The 105-year-old bacon woman from Richard Springs, Texas has come forward to reveal the real secret of long life — bacon. And she’s right. Scientists have proved it before, but we the people keep chasing idiotic nutrition fads and forgetting about the proven classics.
As The Inquisitr previously revealed, Pearl Cantrell just celebrated a very big birthday with more than 200 guests. And she isn’t shy about the reason she reached the grand old age of 105 with all of her faculties intact:
“I love bacon, I eat it everyday. I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”
Texans and Southerners everywhere, give me a big shout-out to Pearl Cantrell, who has just blurted out the secret that all the rabbit-food-eating, green-tea-swilling so-called longevity experts don’t want you to know.
None of them are going to reach age 105 on a diet of carrot sticks, brown rice, and pomegranate juice. C’mon. Vegetarians don’t live longer. They just think they do because 68 years without bacon is 67 years too long.
Am I right? Of course I’m right. But let’s look at some evidence.
Japan’s population has the longest life expectancy in the world, based on United Nations World Population Prospects 2010. After decades of Americans chasing every ridiculous health food fad around, the United States is a miserable 40th in the world for life expectancy.
And who lives the longest in Japan? That’s right, the bacon-eating folks on the island of Okinawa.
The famous Okinawa Centenarian Study looked at 900 people over age 100 to learn their secret.
And, yes, there’s a genetic component. You can’t do anything about that. You’re born with the ability to live to age 100 or you’re not.
However, assuming you do have the genetic toolkit, you still have to eat the right diet. Said a report on the study:
“Elderly Okinawans were found to have impressively young, clean arteries, low cholesterol, and low homocysteine levels when compared to Westerners. These factors help reduce their risk for coronary heart disease by up to 80% and keep stroke levels low.”
They’re also at lower risk for hip fractures and dementia, among other disease of aging.
And you know what they eat? Pork! Okinawas eat 100 grams of meat a day — and most of it is described as the greasy cuts of pig like bacon.
You vegans and vegetarians are welcome to throw stones in the comments, but it looks like the 105-year-old bacon woman is onto something.
[chicken-fried bacon photo by Cara Fealy Choate via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons]