World’s oldest woman says eating eggs is secret for her longevity

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Could eggs be the secret to longevity? Emma Morano (pictured), who has recently been declared the world’s oldest living person, thinks so. She’s been eating three eggs a day for decades after a doctor suggested it when she was a young woman.

Now, at 116, Morano is believed to be the last documented person alive who was born in the 1800s. The American Egg Board congratulates Ms. Morano on her amazing life and everyone is wishing her many more years of good health and spirit.

Emma Martina Luigia Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy, to Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani, the eldest of eight children, five daughters and three sons. She had a long-lived family: her mother, an aunt and some of her siblings turned 90, and her sister, Angela Morano (1908–2011), died at age 102.

When she was a child, she moved from the Sesia Valley to Ossola for her father’s job, but the climate was so unhealthy there that a physician advised her family to live somewhere with a milder climate, so she moved to Pallanza, on Lake Maggiore, where she still lives. In October 1926, she married Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901–1978), and in 1937 her only child was born but died when he was only six months old. The marriage was not happy, so in 1938 Morano separated from her husband, driving him out of the house; despite the couple’s separation, they remained married until his death in 1978.

Until 1954, she was a worker for the Maioni Industry, a jute factory in her town. Then she had another job, in the kitchen of “Collegio Santa Maria,” a Marianist boarding school in Pallanza, until she was 75, when she retired.

Whether or not eggs may be part of the key to longevity, one fact remains certain. The incredible edible egg offers one of the best nutritional values to be had – especially when it comes to high-quality protein. And, with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans removing the daily cholesterol limits and recommending them in all healthy eating patterns, people can feel good about including them in their diet.

Ms. Morano says she eats three raw eggs daily, which the USDA and other experts advise against. But cooked eggs still retain their nutritional value and are incredibly versatile. In fact, it’s said that the folds in a chef’s hat represents the hundreds of ways to prepare eggs, including hard-boiling them. So, next time you’re in the kitchen, hard-boil a dozen eggs using this new, faster and easy-to-peel method for a nutritious snack or as a topping for fresh vegetables and salads all week long.

For more egg recipe ideas, visit  And, if you’re looking for a fun video, watch Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael from the Bacon Brothers band wake unsuspecting people up to the power of eggs in their original song and video!

About the American Egg Board (AEB)
Through AEB, U.S. egg producers come together, in accordance with statutory authority, to establish, finance and execute coordinated programs, on research, education and promotion—all geared to drive demand for eggs and egg products. The Board consists of 18 members and 18 alternates from all regions of the country, nominated by the egg industry, and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  AEB and all program activities are funded by U.S. egg producers, subject to USDA approval. AEB is located in Park Ridge, Ill. – PRNewswire

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