'Breatharian' Mom Says She Only Ate 5 Times While Pregnant, but No One's Buying It

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Could you survive pregnancy on just a few pieces of fruit per week and bowls of veggie broth? That's supposedly what's on the menu, or lack thereof, for mom Camila Castello and her partner, Akahi Ricardo. The couple, who are considered "breatharians," believe that humans can sustain their bodies with just sunlight, air, and the occasional nosh mentioned above -- Castello even says she abstained from eating while pregnant. But experts warn the couple's claims simply don't add up.

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Hmmm, you don't say.

Castello tells News Dog Media that she only ate five times while pregnant, choosing not to alter her lifestyle while expecting because she was convinced "the universe" would provide everything she and her baby needed.

"Hunger was a foreign sensation to me so I fully lived on light and ate nothing," she said in the interview. "I knew my son would be nourished enough by my love and this would allow him to grow healthily in my womb. I went for regular pregnancy checkups and my doctor confirmed the above-average growth of a very healthy baby boy."

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But the pros say Castello was incredibly lucky to not only deliver a healthy child, but to maintain her own health as well.

According to the Independent, this alternative movement has been linked to several deaths, including a 49-year-old Australian woman whose body was found next to a journal chronicling her fasting efforts. For others, like Castello and Ricardo, who claim to practice breatharianism yet appear physically healthy, the truth could be simply that they're lying to themselves about what they really consume.

"Breatharianism is a fraud, but breatharians may be deluded," said Dee Dawson, an eating disorder expert, in an interview with the Guardian. "Every obese person who comes into my surgery says, 'Doctor, I can't understand why I'm not losing weight -- I haven't eaten all week. Then I say 'What did you have for breakfast?' 'Oh, just three pieces of toast.' 'And lunch?' 'Just one sausage and few chips...' Add it all up and they've eaten 2,000 calories that day."

Snopes did some light digging and found evidence that at least some of the breatharian subset are eating real food behind the scenes, while insisting they are living off love and light. The site says reporters who visited the home of the breatharianism founder, known simply as Jasmuheen, found a well-stocked fridge.

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"Jasmuheen freely admits to drinking orange juice regularly and occasionally nibbling chocolate biscuits for a 'taste sensation,'" according to the Guardian article. "In the past she has described her diet as including tea with honey and soya milk, chocolate, crisps, soup and the odd piece of fruit."

The Twitterverse is also having a hard time buying what the couple is selling.

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For the record, Castello and Ricardo say they do not put pressure on their two children to follow their lifestyle. The kids are allowed to eat whatever they like, even goodies like pizza and ice cream. Still, one has to worry that their confidence in such a controversial lifestyle could be harmful both to themselves and their brood.

While sunlight and air are fabulous, I'm going to stick with my three square meals and intermittent snacking. I think the universe will be okay with that.

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