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.”

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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.

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  • Good on her, if it works for her however I couldn’t do it I like all types of food especially steak and vegetables.


  • For starters, I don’t think it’s nutritionally balanced. And secondly, I doubt I could stick to just fruit. I love a roast lamb or steak and chips. I love my veggies and bread


  • I don’t think it’s a healthy balanced diet and indeed lacks omega 3s, the fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin D and ore.


  • This is so unhealthy, you can’t cut out virtually all food groups and call it healthy. Fruit is so high in sugar. A balanced diet is the healthiest way to eat.


  • People need a good balanced diet, and I just don’t believe you could get it from fruit alone! My mr 3 would very happily become a fruitatarian, but he needs so much more!


  • How does she manage all the sugars in the fruit. I dont think its very sustainable


  • Don’t believe her for a minute, a fruit only diet would not give you the nutrition your body needs she would have been dead long ago


  • Isn’t that too much sugar/fructose? She look healthy though.


  • I couldn’t just eat fruit, and I wouldn’t make my kids either


  • I dont think its healthy…especially for kids.


  • I don’t think this would really be healthy, particularly for kids.


  • I fear she could be lacking in other nutrients by sticking to only fruit. Plus, it must be incredibly boring, same day after day ….. and would make dining out virtually impossible!


  • I think it is important to be healthy however I don’t agree with it, I believe you should have a varied diet but whatever turns you on.


  • Isn’t she lacking other nutrients? Surely she is.


  • WOW, love that she can do it. Interestingly, a Nutritionist cautioned my Mum for eating too much fruit as part of her diet.


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