London, Feb 10 : Natalie Cooper can savour all things except good, scrumptious food, for all she can eat is Tic Tacs.
The 17-year-old suffers from a mystery illness which means that she keeps puking after swallowing any solids.
The teen gets all her nourishment from a specially-formulated feed through a tube.
But the only real food her stomach will put up with are the little two-calorie mints.
"They do give me a bit of energy, but I eat them mostly to get rid of hunger. It is psychological," the Mirror quoted Natalie, as saying.
"When they started to come back up, I started reducing the size. I went from Trebor Extra Strong Mints to Polos and ended up with Tic Tacs," she added.
Her condition, which she has had all her life, has left medics puzzled.
At one point Natalie weighed only five stone, but is now back up to seven.
Experts first thought she had bulimia, but ruled that out.
"I like eating. It just comes back up," Natalie said.