She’s discovered the fountain of youth, and it’s crispy and delicious.
105-year-old Texas granny Pearl Cantrell credits bacon – and lots of it – with helping her live a long, happy life.
“I love bacon, I could eat it for every meal – and I do!” Cantrell, of Richland Springs, told local NBC affiliate KRBC-TV. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”
The lively lady, who recently celebrated her birthday, received a special visit from the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile after the company learned of her love for cured, fried meat. Riding “shotbun,” she took a spin around the town, population 332, to the cheers of her friends and neighbors.
Cantrell’s 105 years haven’t all been smooth sailing: She raised seven children, outliving three of them, and has worked hard her entire life.
“I would go to the field and work till dinner, then come home to fix dinner, then I would go back out to the field and work again until supper,” she told the station.
“She’s taught us to work hard and to get up every morning and think about living. She’s never thought about dying,” her daughter added.
Science doesn’t find the same life-giving properties in bacon. In fact, a recent study linked regular consumption of it and other processed meats to an increased risk of premature death.
But if bacon really is the secret to a long life, Cantrell is in luck: Oscar Mayer gave her a free supply of it, promising more on the way.