A 92-year-old Indian woman who admitted she eats a kilogram of sand every day has amazed doctors with her perfect health.
Sudama Devi first ate sand for a bet with friends when she was aged just ten.
But the mother-of-four, from Kajri Noorpur, became addicted to the grit and now eats four plates of it every day.
She claims the unusual habit, which saw her eat only sand for dinner following her wedding to husband Krishan Kumar, is the reason she has never had to visit a doctor or be hungry.
Mrs Devi said: ‘I eat sand daily, about one kilogram and three or four times in a day.
‘My economic condition is not good but I am fond of eating a good and healthy diet. I eat sand but it is not like a food.’
She added that the sand was so good when she tried it as a child she soon tied it in to her routine diet.
The mother-of-four, from Kajri Noorpur, India, mixes the sand with water in a glass before drinking it, as well as eating it directly from a metal plate
The 92-year-old started eating the grit eight decades ago aged just ten and now has four plates of it every day
The elderly woman dips a piece of what appears to be orange in a plate of sand, which she believes keeps her healthy
She said: ‘I had seven sons and three daughters but now I have only three sons and one daughter alive. No one eats sand.
‘Before marriage my father and my brother arranged sand for me and after marriage my husband Krishan Kumar arranged sand for me.
‘When I came first time (sic) in my husband’s home everybody felt surprised to see that a bride eats sand.’
Although Mrs Devi, perched on a wicker bench (above), has been eating the substance for decades, she doesn’t class sand as ‘food’
She also said she used to enjoy a good, healthy meal, before she started eating so much sand
Mrs Devi sits in a corner outside a property in India on a yellow deckchair and licks her hand clean of sand
One local from the village described Mrs Devi, pictured eating one particularly large lump, as ‘fully physically fit’
One local from the village described Mrs Devi as ‘fully physically fit’.
‘She has no disease in her body,’ they said. ‘Without sand she does not feel hunger.’
It is surprising Mrs Devi has good fitness and does not suffer any serious illnesses, doctors said.