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Susannah Mushatt Jones: 116-Year-Old Says Bacon Is Secret to Longevity

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In this Monday, June 22, 2015 photo, Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, rests after breakfast in her room at the Vandalia Avenue Houses, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 01:16 PM

Susannah Mushatt Jones can vouch for bacon as a power food at 116 years old after Guinness World Records named the Brooklyn resident the world's oldest living person in July.

Jones, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment in America's largest city, chows down on scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast every morning, and makes sure never to miss an extra helping of bacon, one of her aides told the New York Post's Page Six.

"She eats bacon all day long," the aide said, adding that Jones is still able to feed herself.

She often has some fruit for lunch and then meat, vegetables, and potatoes for dinner.

"[But she] eats the meat first," the aide said.

Jones was born July 6, 1899, just four years after the Civil War ended, according to Guinness. William McKinley was president at the time and Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Oklahoma were not yet states.

She became the current world record holder for the world's oldest person on June 17 at 115 years and 346 days.

Jones was born in segregated Lowndes County, Alabama, to Mary and Callie Mushatt. Her father worked as a sharecropper and picked cotton to support the family of 10 children.

She left the South for New Jersey in 1922 and then went to New York City the following year where she started work as a live-in house keeper and childcare provider, Guinness noted.

Niece Lois Judge told The Huffington Post in June that Jones continues her independence and lives on her own with the help of 24-hour home health aides. She sleeps an average of 10 hours and takes occasional naps during the day.

Judge told the New York Post that if her aunt has one vice, it is chewing gum.

"At 96, she grew another molar," Judge said. "We try to monitor this gum, but she knows a pack has five sticks, so she stretches out her hand for the fifth. She flips the wrapper off and throws it down. And don't offer Wrigley. She knows the difference."

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