4 Eating Habits of the Oldest People in America

Longevity has been on many people’s minds lately, especially with recent news. Kane Tanaka was the oldest person until her recent passing, and now Lucile Randon (Sister André) has taken the new Guinness World Record for the oldest living person. Tanaka was from Japan, and Sister André is from France, which may have many people wondering about the oldest people in other areas of the world.

For example, some of the oldest living people in America are over the age of 110 and have managed to survive two world pandemics and avoid the deadly diseases common to many people in the U.S. What are their secrets? And how have they managed to live such long, healthy lives?

You’ll notice with the world’s oldest Americans, that when it comes to their favorite healthy eating habits, they have less to do with restriction and eating the “right foods,” and more to do with having a positive relationship to the food you eat and who you eat it with!

Continue reading to learn what the four oldest Americans have to say about longevity and food, and for more healthy eating tips, check out 6 Breakfasts Enjoyed by the Longest Living People in the World.


Bessie Hendricks is currently the oldest living person in America (and the eighth oldest person in the world) at 114 years old! She was born in 1907 in Iowa and is known as a supercentenarian, which is someone who has reached 110 years old.

Hendricks has spent her life caring for others and has been involved in her church for over 92 years. When it comes to Hendricks’ advice on living a long life, her children say “she’d probably encourage people not to pass up dessert—especially birthday cake.”

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