A Queensland mum of two claims she’s been living off a fruit-only diet for almost 30 years.

Anne Osborne is a fruitarian – that means she eats nothing but fruit, a diet she decided to adopt in her 20s and has continued ever since. Initially turning to a vegan lifestyle, Anne says she immediately felt the difference, and after hearing a talk from a fruitarian in the UK she decided to give it a go.

An Average Day

According to nineHONEY Anne’s average day consists of a melon and blueberries for breakfast, bananas as a mid morning snack, two avocados for lunch, the juice of some blood oranges for afternoon tea and finally, three mangoes for dinner.

Given it’s a struggle to get kids to eat fruit in any form, the idea of one person being able to chow down on nearly ten pieces a day is pretty impressive!

You’d think fruit salad would be a staple as a fruitarian, but Anne rarely eats more than one type of fruit at a time. “I think if you add things to it, it takes away. If you’ve got a really good mango, what can top that?” As much as we love mangoes, we’re not sure they entirely replace the occasional piece of cake or cheeky brownie.

Irresponsible Parenting?

Anne has two sons, both brought up as fruitarians, with fruit supplemented by breast milk. She denies that her children were deprived of a healthy diet, but Dr Ric Gordon told nineHONEY that people need to be cautious when cutting out essential food groups.

“You’re lacking some of the major things we need in our diet and those are things like omega 3s, the fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin D.”

Now grown up, Anne’s children have opted for a more well rounded diet, despite both remaining vegan.


And what about cravings I hear you ask? Well apparently, Anne has none. “I used to like chocolate a lot, and then I think fruit is very sweet and it’s almost like nature’s candy.”

While we admire Anne’s willpower, we’re not sure we are prepared to give up all the amazing food on offer in favour of a fruit-only lifestyle just yet!

What do you think of Anne’s fruitarian diet? Let us know in the comments.


  • Have no idea why you would want to do this and there is no way you could be meeting your nutritional requirements.


  • I must admit I am A little like mom176887. Seriously I find this a little hard to swallow.


  • I couldn’t do this myself, too restrictive, but she looks pretty healthy. I thought with this type of diet she would have some health problems after 30 years but she doesn’t seem to. I guess if some animals can survive on just eating grass, or grain/seeds or fruit and vegetables we can too.


  • Does not sound possible to me. The calories in the mentioned diet .. berries, mango, banana, avacado, orange, mangoes .. just wouldn’t be enough to sustain an adult over a few days, let alone 20 years. Something is wrong in what is being claimed here… plus it is very restrictive on protein and carbs, and many other vitamins and minerals…just wrong news.


  • It would be interesting to know what her teeth are like as fruits do contain a lot of sugar, but maybe the myth about all that sugar in fruits is wrong. she would be the perfect candidate from a research point of view as 30 years is a long time!


  • Can imagine most vitamins and minerals are in the fruits she eats, but I would crave some meat myself.


  • I’m with the nutritionists here. As good as fruit is for you, surely having a diet consisting of just fruit would have to be lacking a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. 10 pieces of fruit a dsy is extreme


  • Not healthy or balanced at all. We’re omnivorous, you’d be pushing the envelope going vegan but this is dangerous. Not to mention all that sugar! Even if it’s a natural form too much isn’t good for you either!


  • I think she’s depriving herself from eating other important food even lentils to get her iron as the body needs it for a healthy heart.


  • I would be concerned to miss out on certain nutrients.


  • This would be such a seasonal diet too. What about when mangoes, and melons aren’t in season? She would be missing out on so many different vitamins and minerals. Surely introducing vegetables into her diet would be more beneficial than not.


  • Never knew this was even a thing. Takes a lot of willpower.


  • There are plenty of vitamins and minerals that she would be missing out on and lots of sugar in fruit. I cannot see how diets this strict are helpful for anyone


  • I say everything in moderation! I love fruit but there are so many wonderful things to eat in the world, and you only live once! Besides, people might get bored if the only recipes I submitted on MoM were fruit ones hehe

    • If you did go all fruit Mum2archer I would be one very unhappy mom.


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