A PREGNANT woman is eating nothing but fruit - and is planning to feed her baby the same diet.

Anne Jensen, 23, is quite literally bananas about her fruit-only diet and claims it has boosted her energy and cured her mystery ailments.

And now the expectant mum, who is 25 weeks pregnant with her first child, is planning to make her unborn baby follow the same regime.

Anne first decided to try eating only fruit and veg after she started having baffling symptoms such as muscle shakes, hair loss and feeling generally sluggish.

In a desperate bid to cure the health problems, she found a number of YouTube videos emphasising the virtues of a fruitarian or raw diet - where followers eat only uncooked fruit and vegetables.

Anne decided to try out the diet and has not looked back since - claiming her diet gives her so much energy that she can run a half marathon and barely break a sweat.

She said: "Before this, I was eating a lot, but it wasn't the right fuel.

"Most of my friends are fruitarian too and agree that it's the healthiest choice and my loved ones are very supportive.

"But people online, who don't understand the raw vegan diet, have been critical, telling me I should be drinking cows' milk while pregnant to give my baby everything it needs.

"I believe cows' milk is for cows' babies, though, and that humans can get all the nutrients they require from plants."

Despite this, Anne, who is currently living in Aarhus in her native Denmark, admitted she has had to introduce some cooked vegan meals to her diet to help combat nausea during her pregnancy.

But, once her child is born, she is planning to return to a 100 per cent raw vegan eating plan - and hopes to raise her baby on the same diet.

She added: "At the moment, I am mostly fruit-based, but do eat the odd cooked meal, as it seems to help with nausea, I'm not sure why.

"When I've given birth, though, I would love to return to a completely fruitarian diet and hope my child will do the same - but I will just have to wait and see."

Anne, who lives with her fellow fruitarian boyfriend Grant Painter, 22, followed a standard diet until she was 12 years old.

Then, in a bid to "fit in" with her school friends, most of whom were vegetarian, she decided to ditch meat.

Anne said: "Initially, I went vegetarian to be a part of the group. Previously, I'd been a fussy eater, and didn't like many foods.

"Once I went vegetarian, though, I found I was eating more and more, and realised that actually, I wasn't fussy, I just didn't like meat.

"When I got a little older and read about the ethical, animal rights side of being vegetarian, of course, that was an important factor too."

However, when Anne turned 19, she soon began to develop bizarre health problems.

She said: "I was living with a family there and eating what they ate, which was different to my diet back home - lots of cheese, lots of cream and lots of processed food.

"I think my body just couldn't cope. I began to get all sorts of health issues. My muscles would shake, my hair would fall out and I'd feel so tired and sluggish."

Fed up, Anne took to the internet in search of answers and came across a number of YouTube videos, which featured people discussing how they had found fruitarian diets beneficial.

Anne added: "Something in my head clicked that the healthiest way to live was to eat fruit and vegetables - the most natural things in the world.

"I didn't go into it lightly. I spent around a year researching it, reading different studies and papers.

"I wanted to make sure that I would be able to stick to my new diet, and that it would give me everything I needed, nutrition-wise.

"I did worry about things like sugar, as people kept saying how sugary fruit was.

"The way I understand it, though, the sugar in fruit is completely different to the processed kind. That really put my mind at ease."

And at age 20, Anne decided to turn completely fruitarian and says she has seen a dramatic difference in her energy levels.

She said: "It was a really easy transition. I honestly haven't missed my old diet.

"My muscle shakes and hair loss soon stopped, and I suddenly had so much energy. I was waking up at 5am and going for runs, with no recovery time afterwards.

"I could run a half marathon and feel absolutely fine the next day. Before long, I was running 10km every morning, just as a way of using some of my extra energy.

"I also noticed things like headaches and period cramps, which I had suffered with before without even really realising, had gone.

"It's all these things you don't realise had been affecting you until they stop."

Anne discovered she and her boyfriend Grant were expecting their first baby at the beginning of the year.

She said: "From the off, my intention was to stick to my fruitarian diet for as long as I could."

And, though she does struggle with morning sickness, Anne is convinced that being fruitarian has kept her energy levels up as she prepares to give birth.

And when she does have her baby, she is planning to go back to fruitarianism full-time.

she said: "I'd love to raise my child as a fruitarian, but I can't do that if I'm not following the diet myself.

"I am planning to breastfeed as long as the baby wants to do so. I know that is the main source of calories for the baby and will introduce food slowly alongside it.

"I will just wait and see what is best for my baby."

Anne is now hoping to encourage others to try the fruitarian diet - as she is convinced it has improved her health.

She said: "I think it's better for the planet to be fruitarian.

"You also save lots of money, as you aren't buying treats like takeaways, meals out, or even the odd chocolate bar and can of cola.

"Once you get over your old eating habits, it's really very easy to stick to.

"I believe that your body will only crave what you're putting into it, so if you don't eat junk food, it won't want junk food.

"If you aren't 100 per cent passionate, it can seem easy to slip back to your old ways, but you just have to remind yourself of why you are doing this, and how it is best for your body."

Despite this, Helen Bond, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, has dubbed Anne's eating regime as "worrying".

She told The Sun Online: "With only 32 per cent of adult women aged 19-64 years meeting the 5-A-Day recommendation, many women could benefit from eating more fruit and veg, rich in gut healthy fibre, blood pressure friendly potassium and immune boosting vitamin C.

"That said, when it comes to eating well for pregnancy, balance is absolutely key.

"It's important to consume a variety of foods from each of the main food groups, as shown in the government's Eatwell guide, (fruits and vegetables; wholegrain and other starchy carbohydrates; protein rich foods, like beans, nuts and seeds, fish, eggs and lean meat; dairy foods and plant-based alternatives and unsaturated oils and spreads) to get a good mix of nutrients to meet the mother's energy and increased nutrient requirements, as well as meet the needs of the growing baby, and enable the mother to lay down stores of nutrients required for fetal development as well as for lactation.

"Anne's eating in pregnancy is worrying and women should always seek tailored dietary advice for eating well in pregnancy, from a qualified health professional such as a Dietitian before eliminating food groups, without medical need, to ensure their diet is nutritionally balanced."

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