31 Aug '11, 1am

Oldest Person In The World Credits Local Diet For Long Life | Care2 Causes

Oldest Person In The World Credits Local Diet For Long Life | Care2 Causes

On September 3rd, when most of America is planning Labor Day picnics and attending parades, an indigenous woman who’s spent her entire life in the Amazon will become the oldest known person in the world. Maria Lucimar Pereira is one of the Kaxinawá tribe, and never lived outside the western Brazilian Amazon. On Saturday she will turn 121 years old. She says she will spend her birthday with her family. When asked about the secret to her longevity, Pereira says eating a diet full of foods that are native to the forest she inhabits, like grilled meat, fish, manioc (a root vegetable), and banana porridge, helped her to stay active and healthy. She does not eat salt, sugar, or any processed foods. “All too often we witness the negative effects forced change can have on indigenous peoples,” Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry. ”It’s refreshing to see a community that...

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