Health trends come and go. There is an overwhelming amount of “health information” available as of late. Social media is the vehicle on which a new healthy trend will ride into mainstream. They are complete with testimonials and before and after photos but, how do you know if they are legit?
“Some trends can be healthy and some end up being dangerous,” comments, Ellsworth Buck Vice President of Greatflorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent health insurance agency.
We will look at some recent health and weight loss trends that amount to much of nothing.
Apple Cider Vinegar is being touted as a practical cure-all for everything from weight loss to lowering cholesterol. Some believe the fiber-rich pectin from the ACV, can aid in losing weight. ABC News reports, most claims have never been proven. Apple cider vinegar could improve glucose control along with increasing potassium, but it is very acidic and disrupts with medication absorption.
Gluten-free diet– a gluten free diet is recommended for sufferers of celiac disease (1 percent of the population) and those with a gluten sensitivity. Gluten- free products are heavily processed and contain far fewer nutrients. They often lack vitamins such as calcium, fiber and iron.
So-called Natural Sweeteners– Those include; agave, maple syrup and honey. While agave has a low glycemic index and won’t cause erratic spikes in blood sugar, it isn’t healthy. The bottom line, sugar is sugar. According to the American Heart Association, fructose found in fruit and lactose, found in milk are the only naturally occurring sugars.
“Several studies show, sugar is the most detrimental ingredient to our diets,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent health insurance agency.
Coconut oil-It seems like yesterday everyone was saying coconut oil is a super food. People were cooking vegetables in it, spreading it on toast and putting it in their coffee. However, coconut oil hardens like butter because it is a highly saturated fat. Treat it like butter and eat it in moderation.
Juicing– When fruits and vegetables are squeezed into juice, their fiber is removed.
Detoxing-Detox diets and drinks promise to flush your body of unwanted toxins. According to WebMD, “Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys or any other part of your body.” Your body naturally detoxes itself when you use the bathroom. Save your money. Clean eating is the best thing you can do for your overall health.
Alternative milks– Almond milk and coconut milk have grown in popularity over the years as an alternative for the lactose intolerant. Keep in mind, it has much less protein than regular milk and contains lots of additives. Also, many are sweetened with added sugars. Make sure to purchase the unsweetened type.
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