UTTAR PRADESH: A 78-year-old woman has a very bizarre secret to her good health – she eats two kilos of sand and gravel every day for six decades and feels healthy.
Kusma Vati, from Varanasi, India, spends hours shovelling sand into her mouth every day, and likes to chew on the walls of her own house.
Kusma said: ‘I have been eating sand and gravel for around 63 years now, I love eating them and I don’t think they have any harmful effects.
‘I haven’t suffered any problems in my stomach and mouth and my teeth are absolutely fine- if anything it’s made them tougher. I can bite into the hardest stone without a problem.’
Kusma says she has never seen a doctor down to her daily 2kg of sand.
Kusma said: ‘I have never seen a doctor because there has just been no need, for as long as I can remember I’ve felt perfectly fine.
‘I started eating sand at the age of 15 and I had a bad stomach ache but that didn’t last long and now it feels like all this is very normal to me.
‘I feel as though the minerals in the sand give me the energy to work in the crop fields.’
Kusma’s grandchildren are now begging her to give up the peculiar habit but to no avail.