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Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby m0rl0ck » Fri May 10, 2013 2:22 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/0 ... 30095.html

A 105-year-old Texas woman who worked a life of physical labor and mothered seven children revealed the secret to her longevity: bacon.


Im thinking it must be the preservatives. I bet she has seen alot of vegetarians come and go.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Kim OHara » Fri May 10, 2013 2:42 am

m0rl0ck wrote:I bet she has seen alot of vegetarians come and go.
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Not in Texas.

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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby m0rl0ck » Fri May 10, 2013 2:43 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
m0rl0ck wrote:I bet she has seen alot of vegetarians come and go.
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Not in Texas.

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"And you'll be able to gain release from suffering only when you know the one mind."

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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri May 10, 2013 3:30 am

Every once in a while I google supercentenarians (living to 110 or higher) just to see who is on the current list and see if there are some things in common. Surprisingly (and perhaps disappointingly for some vegetarians) there is no one type of common diet found among the longest-living. Some eat plenty of veggies and very little animal protein while others eat quite a bit of animal protein. Perhaps the only thing they have in common is good genes, with several close relatives who also lived very long. A few other common things are; taking life easy, not getting too upset over things, an active life, but not overly strenuous (virtually no athletes or former athletes), and eating sweets. Many of the supercentenarians like chocolate and other sweets.

Besides good genes, maybe the best thing is just simply knowing how to enjoy life.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri May 10, 2013 6:48 am

The longest lived disciples of the Buddha like Bākula and Mahākassapa seemed to be exemplary practitioners of the ascetic practices.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Ben » Fri May 10, 2013 7:02 am

What is that quote from the Buddha about its better to live one day in the Dhamma than a century without it?
Doing what we can to live a long and healthy life is good, but living our life with the Dhamma as our anchor and guide, is so much better.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Sam Vara » Fri May 10, 2013 9:58 am

....Not for the pig, it's not.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Kim OHara » Fri May 10, 2013 10:08 am

Sam Vara wrote:....Not for the pig, it's not.

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I shoulda thought of that!!

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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby alan » Fri May 10, 2013 2:54 pm

Eating sweets? Surely you jest. Junk food is the number one killer.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby binocular » Fri May 10, 2013 3:31 pm

One hundred years of boredom ...
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri May 10, 2013 4:30 pm

alan wrote:Eating sweets? Surely you jest. Junk food is the number one killer.


No joke. The typical supercentenarian enjoys sweets. I should add though, that they also tend to be on the thin side. Too much junk food can be a killer, especially for those overweight / obese, but for whatever reasons, the supercentenarians seem to enjoy them and it works for them. My great-grandfather was not a supercentenarian, but lived pretty long to the age of 97. He ate cookies for breakfast, a slice of pie for lunch and a small tv-dinner for the evening meal. He was very skinny.

Some examples:

Jeanne Louise Calment (France); current record holder for longest (verified) lived human to the age of 122.
Ate 1 kilo of chocolate every week

Sarah Knauss (United States)
119
Enjoyed milk chocolate turtles (candy)

Kamato Hongo (Japan)
116
occasional snacks of brown sugar.

Christina **** (Australia)
114
“had an interest in her music and food, particularly chocolate cake"

Gertrude Baines (U.S.)
115
loved ice cream

Emma Morano-Martinuzzi (Italy)
113 (and still living)
eats a "little" chocolate everyday
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri May 10, 2013 5:09 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:No joke. The typical supercentenarian enjoys sweets.


I'm going to be a hypercentarian! :D
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Viscid » Fri May 10, 2013 10:58 pm

I think, in the case of supercentenarians and perhaps more generally, we should be looking less at their diet and more of their lifestyle as a whole-- their philosophy, their responsibilities, their interests, their relationships, the way they manage stress, etc. It is my perception that the people who are most deeply satisfied with living are the ones who tend to live the longest lives.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby dharmagoat » Sat May 11, 2013 12:57 am

David N. Snyder wrote:No joke. The typical supercentenarian enjoys sweets.

Just a thought: Maybe they enjoy sweets simply because they are old.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Ben » Sat May 11, 2013 6:48 am

dharmagoat wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:No joke. The typical supercentenarian enjoys sweets.

Just a thought: Maybe they enjoy sweets simply because they are old.

More likely they enjoy sweets because they like them.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby dharmagoat » Sat May 11, 2013 7:24 am

Ben wrote:
dharmagoat wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:No joke. The typical supercentenarian enjoys sweets.

Just a thought: Maybe they enjoy sweets simply because they are old.

More likely they enjoy sweets because they like them.

Darn, I hadn't thought of that.
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby binocular » Sat May 11, 2013 8:22 am

Ben wrote:More likely they enjoy sweets because they like them.


That's a tautology.
Question is, why do they like or enjoy them?
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Re: Bacon - Key to longevity

Postby Kim OHara » Sat May 11, 2013 8:37 am

Viscid wrote:I think, in the case of supercentenarians and perhaps more generally, we should be looking less at their diet and more of their lifestyle as a whole-- their philosophy, their responsibilities, their interests, their relationships, the way they manage stress, etc. It is my perception that the people who are most deeply satisfied with living are the ones who tend to live the longest lives.

Several studies of known clusters of very old people have come to this conclusion - Sicily, a Greek island at the far east of the Med, and (IIRC) somewhere in the Caucasus. The common factors were regular moderate exertion, mostly natural local foods, and stable close communities.

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