It seems like every day there is new advice about what you should eat and when. But how do you know what are the best choices for you?
Have you ever invited over a dinner guest only to have them tell you they do not eat gluten, and suddenly you had no idea what to prepare? Have you ever had another parent scoff at you as you hand your child a non-organic snack? There is so much contradictory advice about what you should eat that it sometimes feels confusing to sort out all the information. Here are three nutritional trends and what we think of their health benefits.
There is, perhaps, no nutritional trend that has received as much publicity as the gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. A gluten-free diet is not a new idea and has been used for decades to treat celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and in people who have it, gluten causes inflammation in their gut. People who have celiac disease find that avoiding gluten helps control the disease. Some people who do not have celiac disease experience the same helpful effects.
That being said, a gluten-free diet is difficult to follow and maintain. Wheat is one of the main staples of the American diet and is found in bread, pasta, crackers, and most cereals. Wheat is also a thickening agent and is consequently found in things that you would not expect, like salad dressings and french fries.
IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
Living gluten-free is necessary for those who have celiac disease. Even those who do not have celiac disease may find that avoiding gluten makes them feel less bloated and have better digestion. Those who follow a gluten-free diet initially may find that they lose weight. This is typically due only to the vast number of foods you are cutting out, and it is not considered a diet that leads to long-term weight loss. Experts worry that those who do not have celiac disease who follow a gluten-free diet can become overly restrictive in the things that they eat.
“Every diet plan has positives and negatives. With some nutritional trends you are going to have to decide if their health benefits outweigh their negative aspects for you and your body.”
You can find organic food everywhere these days. Everyone seems to be cashing in on the organic trend because organic products can demand top dollar. Organic foods are produced by organic farming, whose standards encourage resource cycling, ecological balance, and strive to preserve biodiversity. In organic farming, synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not permitted. Organic foods also follow a different post-harvest path, and they are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or other synthetic food additives.
IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
The organic question is hard to tease out. This is because people pick organic food for different reasons. Some people choose organic food because they think it tastes better or believe that there is a smaller risk of putting chemicals into their bodies if they eat organic food. There has not been any conclusive scientific evidence to show that organic food is better for you, tastes better, or is safer than traditionally processed foods. Some people choose organic food because they are worried about the environmental and moral implications of traditional farming. Organic food production is more friendly to the environment.
Some people mistakenly think that organic means healthy. Organic speaks nothing to the content of the food you are eating, only how it was processed. An organic cookie is still a cookie, and eating four of them is still a problem that you are only going to be able to solve by putting the cookie down, and putting on your workout shoes and hitting the gym.
SUBSTITUTING VEGETABLES FOR CARBS
Spiralizing is a new trend in preparing vegetables. Spiralizing is cutting vegetables into long, thin strips--like noodles. For years, spiralizing has been popular among the dieting crowd, and it has been used to cut zucchini into the shape of pasta (zoodles). Dieters use them as a noodle substitute which lowers the carbs and calories in traditional pasta dishes. Spiralizing has taken off in the last couple of years, and suddenly people are spiralizing squash, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, and anything else they possibly can.
Cauliflower is like the new kale. People are using cauliflower to make pizza crust, using it as rice and even mashed potatoes. Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be cauliflower in place of carbohydrates. Some people claim that it “tastes just like the real thing.”
IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
This is a no-brainer. YES! Any time you can add more vegetables to your diet, you should. Vegetables are good for digestion, cardiovascular health, and weight loss.
DIET TRENDS TO SHOE TRENDS
Remember, no diet is complete without a good exercise plan. KURU athletic shoes with amazing KURUSOLE technology are one of the fastest-growing fitness trends online today. Whether you’re eating organic or just taking in more fruits and vegetables, your diet will do much better when accompanied by supportive shoes. Choose your favorite style from KURU and see more success than ever before. And yes. It’s good for you.