Ecuadorian couple Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo claim to live a “food-free” lifestyle, thriving only on the energy of the universe. They’re lying, of course, but that didn’t stop their nonsensical claims from spreading uncritically around the Internet thanks to outlets like Yahoo, The Sun, and The Daily Mail.
The couple claims to be breatharian, imbibing only the natural energy present in the air around us. Other breatharian gurus have gained prominence in the past, and all have been found to be secretly eating. That’s because air is a wonderful source of oxygen, but not calories.
There’s nothing wrong with occasionally fasting – it may actually be beneficial – but going without food and water entirely is never a good idea and will result in death by starvation. Senseless claims from a couple of airheads won’t change that fact.