Making sure to include five or more servings of fruit and vegetables into our diet every day is something that has been ingrained since childhood.
But I'm betting most of us aren't eating anything close to the amount of fruit one Australian blogger is endorsing.
Loni Jane Anthony, a 25-year-old from the Gold Coast, has come under fire for promoting an extreme vegan diet which sees her eat almost exclusively fruit, including around 20 bananas a day.
The 'well-being' blogger also happens to be 26 weeks pregnant, and has amassed over 100,000 Instagram followers, most of which appear to hang onto her every photo, despite her unusual diet.
Anthony reveals on her blog Aleven:11 that she eats up to 10 bananas for breakfast alone, as well as more throughout the day, the rest of her food is made up of watermelon, oranges, mangoes and perhaps a salad.
Her nutrition plan is an adaptation of the 80:10:10 Diet created by US Doctor Doug Graham which consists of 80 per cent carbs, 10 per cent fat and 10 per cent protein.
The diet is defined as a raw food, low-fat vegan programme based exclusively around whole, fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables.
After opening up about her fruit-based meal plan to news.com.au, commenters deemed the blogger 'irresponsible' and 'narcissistic' - especially as her Instagram account features dozens of selfies showcasing her slender figure.
Others have said she is putting her unborn baby in danger by not providing enough variety and protein, with nutritionist Fiona Hunter saying "she is deluded if she thinks this diet is healthy."
While the constant photos of fresh fruit concoctions on her Instagram are enough to have anyone craving a banana fix, we can't help but think it seems irresponsible to glorify such an extreme diet lacking essential protein and calcium for a pregnant woman.
However, Anthony insists she has never felt better, even saying her obsessive diet has "saved her life" after the constant partying and drinking she says was the norm a few years ago.
"It wasn't for weight loss or for a quick fix. I was internally really sick; I was killing myself slowly. If I'd kept living that lifestyle I would have ended up with a disease like cancer or early aging. So giving up that food was really quite simple for me," she said.
When asked if she has modified her diet since pregnancy she responded: "my eating habits are still the same as when I wasn't pregnant. I have eaten more cooked food for dinners during pregnancy, but other than that am still on a high raw, plant-based lifestyle."
What do you think? Is this young mother-to-be putting herself, and her future child, in danger? Or should we mind our own business and leave her to her bananas?
From Anthony's Instagram account:
- © Fairfax NZ News
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