Let’s get one thing straight before we start. Don't follow every food fad without proper research. One ingredient or the other has always been considered bad for us, and then research disproves its previous findings and that food is back on the menu.
So next time you do actually want to follow a diet fad, why not research it? Or better yet, take some time to think about how good a crash diet really is for you.
The Gluten-Free Diet
Increasingly, supermarket food products and restaurant menus are becoming gluten-free. Why? Because we are told that eating gluten-free food is actually good for our bodies. Actually, it has no effect unless it is balanced by other foods in your diet. Removing gluten from food means adding another ingredient to retain the same texture and taste. Thus, much of the food considered healthier and gluten-free actually has more added sugar and sodium.
So the next time you want to buy gluten-free food, just think about how much it helps you. Also, keep in mind all those extra dollars you’re spending.
The Low-Fat No-Fat Diet
Not until very recently were we told that fat is the root of all ill and evil. Eventually, people labored to remove fat out of their foods. Only the rebellious foodies were seen chomping down on red meat, bread, butter and full milk. The rest had their leafy salads and detoxifying fruit to look forward to for their calorie intake.
Recent research has discovered that it isn’t exactly fat that is causing heart failure. It's processed food and the excessive use of vegetable oil. So in actuality, we need to decipher the difference between good fats and bad fats.
Going forward, let’s not ban and bar all the fat content in our life, people. The tabloids may be screaming about the latest foods that’ll make you drop those extra pounds, but remember to research diets before you put your body (and wallet) through hell!
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