With celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian jumping on the bandwagon, there’s no wonder why clean eating has become so popular over the last few years.
But what exactly is clean eating and is it doing your body more harm in the long-run?
What is clean eating?
Clean eating can basically mean whatever you want it to; anything from vegan, raw vegan, paleo, or simply sticking to the essentials and eating food in it’s primal, natural state. Unlike other food trends or diets, clean eating doesn’t really have many outlines – it’s more of a ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’ type of approach.
How many times have you been trolling through the Instagram feed and seen a relatively healthy meal with the hashtags clean eating, vegan or foodie under the description? Probably too many to count.
Are there any positives?
Generally, health professionals do agree that clean eating of course has its benefits. Although, most nutritionists will agree that going on any extreme diet won’t benefit your body, since it is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Even though your body might be receiving enough vegetables and plant-based nutrients from a cleaner diet, what about the good fats and natural sugars that this diet often neglects? Especially if you are already suffering from an existing health condition which can have severe repercussions on your overall wellbeing.
Is social media to blame?
The rise of the social media star doesn’t just end with the Kim Kardashian’s of the world. A number of Australian personalities such as FreeLee the Banana Girl and Kayla Itsines, who not only track their own progress online, but encourage it through their eating and workout plans.
Many critics and health professionals have been quick to attack these ladies since they seemingly have no tertiary education about nutrition or health (Kayla Itsines is a qualified, and practising Personal Trainer). With millions of followers between these ladies and a number of eating plans, e-books and diets between them, should we be regulating the online health and fitness industry a little more closely?
Just a little food for thought… What do you think about clean eating?
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