Beer and Potato Chips Keep a Centenarian Healthy

If you ever get a chance, talk to someone who’s lived to the ripe old age of 90 or 100 and ask them their secret? Chances are, you’ll hear some pretty incredible tales. Take centenarian Elizabeth Sullivan, for example. Sullivan lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and during a 2015 interview, she attributed her long life (she was 104 at the time) to drinking three cans of Dr. Pepper a day!

Sullivan passed away last year at the age of 106, but no one can say she didn’t live a good, long life – she even got the opportunity to throw the opening pitch for the Texas Rangers at 105 years old!

Another humorous example is that of Scottish centenarian Jessie Gallan. In 2015, at the age of 109, she attributed her incredible long life (she died two months after being interviewed to two things: “eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning” and stay away from men. 116-year- old Susannah Mushatt Jones doesn’t drink or smoke, but she says the real secret is a daily breakfast of bacon and grits. It’s hard to argue with that!

Another more recent example is that of Matilda Curcia. Curcia lives in the Bay Area of California, and she recently celebrated her 100th birthday. When asked what her secret was, she replied, “I do my exercises every day and have my beer.” Curcia drinks a beer every night, along with a handful of potato chips, and she seems to be doing all right.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that Curcia and her neighbor, who also turned 100 recently, also make sure to exercise, walking daily and sometimes even riding their bike. But that regular serving of beer probably helps, too.

There’s no doubt that avoiding unhealthy habits and exercising regularly can contribute to a long and healthy life. But if these ladies teach us anything, it’s eat (and drink) the things we love.