Throughout the ages, food trends come and go! With the invention of the Internet and Social Media, everyone is overloaded with health and nutrition advice and it seems like everyday there is a new diet! Unfortunately, many of us are easily fooled by fad diets and nutritional craziness.
Here’s some of the health food trends that we’ve seen in the past few years:
1. THE PALEO DIET
The Paleo diet became popular around the same time as Crossfit. The Crossfit community quickly adopted the Paleo diet, claiming that it made them better, faster and stronger. Recently, the diet has gained a large following, prompting high-end supermarkets and delis to stock up on all things Paleo like grass fed products and gluten free foods. The theory behind the Paleo diet is fairly simple–eat the diet of cavemen, and live healthier and longer lives.
A Paleo diet includes grass fed meat and hormone free foods as well as pesticide free, organic vegetables and fruits. As ideal as it sounds, many experts say that any diet that restricts certain food groups and concentrates on others isn’t balanced enough to be considered healthy.
2. THREE-DAY CLEANSES
A three-day juice fast or cleanse means limiting your diet to only fresh fruit, vegetable juices, and water. These juices must always be freshly made, with little to no additives. Many people choose to do cleanses for detoxification or to lose weight. However, a three-day juice cleanse is not an effective way to lose weight.
Gluten is a composite protein found in wheat and similar grains. People believe that switching to a gluten-free diet will help them lose weight and improve their health. However, there is no prove turning gluten-free, except for individuals who actually need to exclude it, improves health. In fact, many gluten-free foods contain fewer vitamins, less fiber and more sugar.
9. BULLETPROOF/UPGRADED COFFEE
Created by bio-hacker Dave Asprey, Bulletproof Coffee is an adaptation of the yak butter tea cloud. He claimed that the tea gave him extreme clarity and energy. It is quickly becoming the new drink for athletes, celebrities and many others. Bulletproof coffee is a mixture of high quality coffee, one to two tablespoons of unsalted, grassfed butter and 1-2 tablespoons of medium chain triglyceride oil (MCTs).