Never mind an apple a day, it could actually take two bowls of porridge a day to keep the doctor away. That’s at least what the world’s oldest family in the Guinness World Records is now claiming.
The Donnellys — their family name dates back 1,064 years — was raised on a 100-acre farm in County Armagh in Ireland, where they ate eggs, meat and produce all harvested from their land. Surviving family members are currently between 72 and 93 years old. And while their longevity is probably a mix of good genes and homegrown eats, the family says it’s their father’s tradition of two bowls of porridge — one in the morning and one before bed — that’s landed them in the record books.
“We’ve always followed Daddy’s habit of that nice, warm bite before sleep,” 72-year-old Joe Donnelly, the baby of the family, explains in an interview. “Porridge at around 10 pm, then again for breakfast at 7 am. Cooked oats, milk, a spot of apple jam on top.”
In addition to doubling down on warm oats and eating a balanced diet of essentially organic foods, the family also noted that they don’t drink much alcohol or smoke. So, there’s also that.
“Our diet has never been from processed or polluted foods,” says the youngest Donnelly. “We worked with nature, everything eaten was either grown or reared by us.”
It’s unclear whether the fresh, unprocessed food, healthy lifestyle habits or a double serving of porridge each day keeps this family resilient against time. But, if having porridge twice a day did play a part in helping them live longer, who’s to say it won’t help you?
And it really doesn’t sound so bad. After all, there are loads of beautiful porridge recipes on Instagram to be inspired by…