A fruit salad is served up on special occasions like a birthday or Christmas.
A Queensland mum has lived off a raw fruit diet for nearly three decades.
Anne Osborne has been a fruitarian for 27 years, and raised her two children on the same limited diet.
Each meal is one whole, raw, mono fruit, such as an apple, mango, pineapple or papaya.
For special occasions like a birthday or Christmas they would get a fruit salad.
The 52-year-old told the Courier Mail she did supplement her children’s diets with breast milk for nearly four years.
“The boys would have had nuts and seeds too,” she said of her children who are now 14 and 27.
“They now eat other things, which is fine by me.”
“I’m not crazy, it just works for me and it’s not for everyone.”
Anne Osborne, 52, has eaten nothing but fruit for 27 years. Source: Courier Mail.
“Every piece of fruit tastes different”
The Sunshine Coast woman eats more than 10 fruits a day. She started out as a vegan in her 20s for ethical reasons but then dropped vegetables over time.
“I’m never bored with the diet,” she said. “For me, every piece of fruit tastes different. That is why I don’t eat two or three at once as I don’t want to corrupt the taste.”
She said her diet is only made up of “good-quality organically grown fruit” and her limited intake has had no negative affects on her health.
“My bloods tests are all normal and my doctor said I had the best cholesterol levels he had ever seen,” she told the publication.
Is the diet safe?
Ms Osborne said that by eating raw fruit, full of fibre, she does not experience the same insulin spikes people have on sugary foods.
But warned it wasn’t a good idea to move from an ordinary diet to fruit only.
Apple chief Steve Jobs was reportedly a fruitarian at certain times of his life before dying at age 56 from pancreatic cancer.
When Ashton Kutcher played the role of Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs, he trialled fruitarianism for one month and was hospitalised with pancreatic problems.
The pancreas secretes blood sugar-regulating hormones.