Doctors, public health agencies and registered nutritionists have been telling people for years what you eat and how much you weigh. However, the reality is that what you need to eat is constantly changing and new dietary trends — for all those memorable weight loss — are constantly evolving.
In recent years, social media has made diet-related information available to the public, enabling influencers, self-proclaimed health coaches, and even your neighbors to initiate compelling and possible dietary trends.
I have to think at least once a month in the last 25 years that the researcher has focused on eating and body image. Then another trend surprised me. And don’t get me wrong, most of the information on health and nutrition is not just a trend, fashion or even public interest that most of the world does.
Instead of finding the right information to go online, you can easily find contradictory messaging, mandatory fashions, and completely incorrect – even dangerous – instructions for eating and losing weight.
Diet-related information online can be very helpful and at least difficult to decide on a science-based or potentially harmful idea.
Below are a few recent trends, with an explanation of why they don’t magically improve your health or help you lose weight. Some should be removed at all costs, others are relatively safe.
Celery juice and juice
Juice – otherwise known as “drinking juice” – has been around forever. The most recent trend is to focus on drinking your own fresh juice and / or juice or drinking it in a modern way, rather than being solid. For example, sesame juice worshipers believe that strong drinks should be taken 30 minutes before eating.
As long as you understand what you are taking, there is no harm in drinking juice as long as the trends go away. I do not know of any magical or even medicinal juice. Otherwise, if you have heard, you are not hearing from evidence-based sources.
In fact, the trend toward celery juice seems to be the result of Anthony Williams’ “Medicinal Medicine” promotion. He is not a doctor or a dietitian, but he says he has come in contact with “compassion” to learn medical information.
Juice can be a healthy addition to your diet until you get rid of excess sugar. However, usually strong fruits or vegetables – celery, apples or cranberries – can actually be more nutritious, because the juice removes fiber that is good for stomach and intestinal health.
Chlorophyll water and additives
Millions of dollars were spent on chlorophyll water last year. The same chlorophyll you remember from science lessons as a child: It absorbs sunlight and turns the leaves green. It is also one of the most recent dietary trends because it has antimicrobial properties and health benefits ranging from acne improvement to weight loss to cancer prevention.
There is little science behind these claims; “Chlorophyll is good for you,” says “it is good to eat green vegetables.” In fact, chlorophyll products actually contain chlorophyll because chlorophyll is unstable when removed from plants and is not easily absorbed or absorbed by the body.
Is there any harm in taking chlorophyll supplements or drinking chlorophyll water? Some people may report nausea and diarrhea later, but they may not. It does not seem to do much good and is cheaper and easier to eat than eating fruits and vegetables. Also, I think salads taste better.
I have to admit, I have never tried kombucha, but I think its name always seems to be a kind of sweet alcohol punch that should come in a small glass umbrella. It is said that alcohol may be available, but many people hope to boost their immune system, improve digestion, or cure diseases ranging from anxiety to cancer.
It is often regarded as a “practical food” —a food or drink that has health-promoting benefits beyond the cost of nutrition: Kombucha is actually a combination of black or green tea and sugar, which helps to ferment bacteria and yeast. Scientists have recently focused on the potential benefits of Kombucha for humans, but speculation is high about antioxidant and probiotic properties.
The timing of brewing, the type of tea used, the taste of any flavor, and even the storage container used can change the chemical composition of Kombucha, making it difficult to come to a general conclusion about all of Kombucha’s health benefits. In general, it seems to be more likely to improve health than just the effects of plabo.
It is also important to note that kombucha contains alcohol. Typically, the amount of alcohol in Kombucha is nominal (therefore, not regulated). However, in quality control experiments, the alcohol content of some brands can be compared to that of beer, which is unsuitable for consumers with a history of addiction or legal age.
When I asked my 14-year-old daughter, who is usually above the top of a popular culture, what she knew about Kombucha, the answer was simple: “It tastes disgusting.”
DentalSlim Diet Control
When the tooth-thinning device went public last month, I had to email and text my co-workers, friends and alumni about it. The online images are disturbing and disturbing.
This device is designed to keep users’ mouths shut to prevent the consumption of solid foods. Briefly popular in the ’70s and’ 80s, the jawbone, as well as a small (or fluid-only) and heavy-duty approach, offers a tough approach.
The Academy of Eating Disorders, which includes medical and psychologists, recently issued a statement condemning the DentalSlim device. They point out that DentalSlim and low-calorie, liquid foods do not offer a new approach to weight loss.
In fact, it is a series of experiments that have been tried and tested by many people. Limiting calories can lead to weight loss in the short term, but we need to eat enough (varying from person to person) to stay healthy and alive. Severe restrictions lead to binge and weight gain from time to time, but not to permanent weight loss.
The research in support of DentalSlim itself is very thin. The study of seven participants who reported discomfort and reduced quality of life in the study was not well supported. In addition, just two weeks’ follow-up is not enough to make you lose weight.
Tape worm diet
The tapeworm diet has been mentioned in the popular media for over 200 years. Most of us seem to want as much as we can – still eat what we want while losing weight. It also increases the risk of symptoms such as respiratory problems, bacterial infections, neurological disorders, genital warts and even death. Getting a tape worm in is a scary idea.
In fact, tapeworm eggs are said to be sold as a dietary supplement. There seems to be some debate as to whether or not real tapeworm eggs were sold for the first time in Victorian times or whether placebos were packaged as a tapeworm diet, but the trend is appearing on tick talk today.
It may not be easy to point out that any health or health issues presented at Tick Talk should be ignored or at least indicated to a physician. This is especially true for tapeworm diets as this may be one of the most common dietary malnutrition concerns. An infection that can kill you is not a “diet” as far as I understand it.
I am always fascinated by other eating habits and appreciate the popular #WhatIEatInADay posts and videos on social media. If you follow these instructions online, you may be wondering why I classified them in the “barbaric” diet.
True, savagery may not be the best description, and I have not been able to find any concrete research that examines the trend of #WhatIEInInay and is clearly dangerous. However, there is overwhelming evidence that this trend is toxic.
What I eat in daily videos and posts appeals to vulnerable viewers, especially young people and eating disorders or other health issues. They show orthodox eating habits, “clean” and organic diet, and very restrictive practices in terms of both class size and type of food.
They often teach people how to grow bad and even spoiled food. In fact, food-related professionals, who rarely speak for themselves, preach to millions of followers on social media and can cause serious damage along the way.
#WhatIEatInADay eliminates frustration and confusion about what to eat. Most of us need guidance not only on what to eat but also on all other things we need to do to achieve health and immortality. But this manual does not exist, because our individual needs and vulnerabilities cannot be fixed by one simple set of rules. Doing what someone else does, except occasionally – in some cases of success – seems like a reasonable approach.
If you want to stay healthy, there is evidence that your eating habits are important. It is also very important where you are looking for information. And, no magical thinking can work; If a trend seems to be both good and bad, it may be.