There's only one person alive born in the 1800s -- and her diet is incredible

World's oldest person dies in New York, aged 116

As of Thursday, Emma Morano is the only person on Earth who was born in the 1800s. She credits her longevity to her very bizarre diet.

There's Only One Person Alive Born in the 1800s — And Her Diet Is Incredible
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The 116-year-old Italian woman isn't gluten-free, vegan, or Paleo. She's not gulping green smoothies or snacking on superfoods. Morano told the Associated Press she eats two raw eggs a day. Yes, really.

Since developing anemia as a child, Morano has been on the raw egg kick. It was her doctor who suggested she should add the eggs to her diet when she was just a young girl.

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There's only one person alive born in the 1800s -- and her diet is incredible
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, blows candles during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano (C) is kissed by her caretakers Malgorzat Ceglinska and Yamilec Vergara during the 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
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"He told me to eat two or three eggs a day, so I eat two eggs a day," she said.

Morano's secret doesn't mean we should all be slugging back egg yolks in the name of health. Even though instances of egg-related salmonella have reportedly decreased since 1998, eggs for human consumption are probably better off cooked, because hey — why risk it? Plus, one study found that egg protein is more digestible when cooked, yet another compelling reason we should fully cook our omelets.

Whether or not raw eggs are all they're cracked up to be (had to), Morano's old age isn't out of the ordinary for Italy, where there are a number of centenarians. In one village, there are roughly 300 people over 100 years old, NPR reported.

BRB, moving to Italy.

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