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Longevity has been on many people’s minds lately, especially with the recent news. Kane Tanaka was the oldest person until his recent passing, and now Lucile Randon (sister André) has taken the new Guinness World Record for oldest person. Tanaka was from Japan and Sister André is from France, which may make many people wonder about older people in other parts of the world.

For example, some of America’s oldest people are over 110 and have managed to survive two global pandemics and avoid the deadly diseases common to many people in the United States. What are their secrets ? And how did they manage to live such a long and healthy life?

You’ll notice that among the world’s oldest Americans, when it comes to their preferred healthy eating habits, they have less to do with restriction and eating the “right foods,” and more to do with a positive relationship. with the food you eat. and with whom you eat it!

Keep reading to find out what the four oldest Americans have to say about longevity and food, and for more healthy eating tips, check out 6 Breakfasts Enjoyed by the World’s Longest Livers.


Bessie Hendricks is currently the oldest living person in America (and the eighth oldest person in the world) at 114! She was born in 1907 in Iowa and is known as a supercentenarian, meaning someone who has reached the age of 110.

Hendricks has spent her life caring for others and has been involved in her church for over 92 years. As for Hendricks’ advice for living a long life, say his childrenshe would probably encourage people not to pass up the dessert, especially the birthday cake.”

eat with friends

Mila Mangold is only seven days younger than Bessie Hendricks, earning her the spot as the second oldest living person in America. Born in Nebraska, this supercentenarian has worked in public health most of her life. Although she is now in a wheelchair, Mangold still drove a car until she was 95.

Community still seems to be a crucial part of Mangold’s longevity, as according to BerkeleysideMangold has a daily routine of walking to lunch with friends in the cafeteria at Alta Bates Hospital.

woman drinking red wine

Edie Ceccarelli is originally from California and currently the third oldest living person in America. At 114, Ceccarelli spent her time dancing, volunteering and tending to her garden.

And when it comes to Ceccarelli’s secret to live a long life, she says, “have two fingers of wine and mind your own business”.

woman eating oatmeal for breakfast

Erna Zahn is a Wisconsin-born American supercentenarian. She is 114 years old and the fourth oldest living American. During her life, Zahn pursued hobbies like swimming, horseback riding, and sewing. When it comes to her eating habits, Zahn is said to be a lover of dark chocolate and bananas.

When Zahn turned 111, she gave some advice about living a longer life. “Eating breakfast is what keeps me going,” Zahn says, “Say your prayers. Don’t skip meals. I can’t complain.”

Here are 6 breakfasts enjoyed by the world’s longest living people.