London, Jun 02 : If proof was ever needed that man can live on only chocolate bars, then Keith Sorrell would be the most likely candidate to show it - having survived on just Mars bars for 17 years.
Sorrell, who is just 37-years-old, eats about a dozen of them in a day for his breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has more than 4000 in a year.
"My love of Mars Bars started at school with one or two between meals," the Sun quoted him as saying.
"All my pocket money went on them and one day I realized I couldn't get by without them.
"Now I can easily polish off 12 a day, more at weekends. I'm totally addicted," he said.
He revealed that he is so addicted to the chocolate that he even has Mars Bar drinks mixed with vodka or rum when he goes to the pub.
"When it's mealtimes for other people I normally eat two or three Mars, and I've always got a bar handy at work," he stated.
"I'm big into the Mars drinks as well. There's nothing better than mixing them with vodka at the weekend.
"People say it's bad for me but I drink lots of orange juice and take vitamins. I haven't changed my diet for 17 years and my health is fine," he added.
However experts on the other hand have warned the Mars addict from Walton, Liverpool, that he is increasing his risk of heart disease, cancer and bowel problems.
Anne Sidnell, of the British Nutrition Foundation, is flabbergasted that he has survived the way he has.
"It's amazing how he's survived this long, but he could be the exception and live to 80," she said.
"He seems to get enough vitamin C and the bars could provide enough calcium and protein. But he's missing out on fiber, which will have an effect as he ages," she added.
"We encourage people to enjoy chocolate as part of a balanced diet," a spokesman for Mars said.