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These health fads may not be all that healthy! According to an article by Dennis Thompson, from HealthDay Reporter, there are actually some popular health fads that suggest they could be detrimental to a good diet. Juicing may be one of these as well as coconut oil, which is loaded with saturated fat but has emerged as another dietary craze in the United States.
One diet that likely has little positive health benefit for people who do not have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is the gluten-free diet. This all comes from the conclusions of a new review of the latest scientific evidence on food and nutrition that was conducted to shed some light on the latest diet fads.
Nutrition has become a widespread confusion. Lead author Dr. Andrew Freeman, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Lifestyle and Nutrition Work Group says that one day you hear how good something is, and the next it’s bad for you. The review purpose was to give clinicians the tools needed to help their patients. Dr. Freeman is also director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver. Dr. Freeman, along with his colleagues, reviewed medical evidence that related to overall healthy eating patterns and specific dietary fads that are now popular in the United States.
This is what they concluded:
In conclusion of this study, most people would be better off with a predominantly plant-based diet that emphasizes eating whole unprocessed foods.
Dr. Freeman usually recommends eating a white variety of brightly colored vegetables and fruits to obtain antioxidants and other important nutrients.
Here again, we have yet another view on what is and what isn’t healthy for us. It makes it a little difficult to know how we should eat, doesn’t it?
Dr Fredda Branyon