The Irish family named the oldest in the world have revealed the secret to their long lives
With a combined age of 1,075 years, the Donnelly family have revealed the secret behind their longevity.
Inducted into the Guinness book of world records, the 13 siblings from County Armagh grew up on a farm with a diet that consisted of locally sourced ingredients including free-range pigs and chickens for bacon and eggs, as well as vegetables grown in their own garden.
However, the family have revealed that the one food that has really fuelled their record breaking long lives is porridge, and not just for breakfast.
“We've always followed Daddy's habit of that nice warm bite before sleep,” said Joe Donnelly, the 72-year-old youngster of the clan.
“Porridge at around 10pm, then again for breakfast at 7am. Cooked oats, milk, a spot of apple jam on top.”
Now, the family’s claims that oats have had such a beneficial effect have prompted scientists at the International Longevity Centre (ILC) to launch a study into their diet.
Of course, tucking into a bowl of porridge twice a day is just part of their wholesome diet, which also sees them enjoy a wealth of fruits, vegetables and meats produced on their 100-acre farm.
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