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    Jose Bonifacio

    "Eating to 100" in Costa Rica

    In Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, about 1 in 250 people live to 100, compared to 1 in 4,000 who make it to 100 in America.

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    The breakfast Jose Bonifacio credits with helping him reach a healthy and happy 100 years old: rice, beans, eggs, tortillas and cheese. 

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    100-year-old Eulalia Mendoza credits God with her longevity, but she says she also has a little help from a friend who sneaks her an occasional beer from his nearby bar.

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    100-year-old Jose Bonifacio is one of the great cowboys of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. He still rides his horse every morning, is mentally sharp and doesn’t take supplements. 

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    Sisters Gioconda (left) and Anabelle Rangel(right) will cook 140 tortillas every day and sell them for 50 cents each. The tortillas are rich in niacin, a B vitamin that reduces colesterol and the risk of heart attack.

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    A tortilla made of ground-up whole corn, which is rich in a B vitamin that can reduce the risk of heart attacks. A town in the Nicoya Pennisula has built a statue honoring the women who make them.  

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    100-year-old Estanislao Suarez of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Pennisula. Suarez is one of the remarkable residents of Nicoya who seem to defy the limits of age. 

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    107-year-old Jose Pizarro still lives in the house he built 90 years ago on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.

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    100-year-old Jose Bonifacio with Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones Solutions" and NBC's Maria Shriver. Buettner is on a mission to capture a way of eating that is disappearing.

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  • 100 year old Eulalia Mendoza

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    100-year-old Eulalia Mendoza with Dan Buettner, Maria Shriver, and some of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchidren and a great-great-great grandchild.

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    Jose Bonifacio and NBC's Maria Shriver. In Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, about 1 in 250 people live to 100, compared to 1 in 4,000 who make it to 100 in America.

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