How Good Is Clean Eating?

Over the past few decades, there has been a resurgence of clean eating – i.e. eating foods that are made from scratch or are natural. This type of clean eating eliminates simple sugars and other processed foods from the diet. In fact, some purists have gone to extremes and suggest exclusion of gluten, grains and all types of dairy. Some encourage a raw food diet.

Some examples of clean eating include fruits, seeds, quinoa, fresh juices, homemade soups, salads, sweet potatoes or grass-feed meat and home-made snacks.

So what is the deal with clean eating? It appears this clean eating diet fad started about a decade ago and partly hyped up by celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba. But it appears that the diet came to prominence because of food bloggers and others who were put off by fast foods and processed foods.

There is no question that many current foods have been linked to obesity, which is a global epidemic. There is a general belief among people who follow clean eating practices that this type of diet is healthy, promotes detoxification of the body and gets rid of toxins and other junk.

A characteristic side-effect so to say, of clean eating, is that people have become obsessed about reading labels to make sure that none of the foods they buy are processed or contain artificial ingredients. Clean eaters only want to eat what is naturally available without too much modification.

Clean eating is much more than a choice in diet; it is a drastic change in lifestyle that seems to be appealing to young women usually in the second or third decade of life. This type of diet requires painstaking detail to food and one must have a certain attitude to go with it.

The question is whether clean eating is healthy or beneficial? Unfortunately there are no clinical studies that have determined the real benefits of clean eating. Anecdotal reports by these purists seem to claim that such a diet can cure almost anything under the sun. Some feel that clean eating has helped them look younger, healthier and more beautiful both physically and mentally.

However, nutritionists and health experts state that such a restricted diet is not healthy in the long run. It can lead to deficiency in vitamins and essential minerals. While one may look nice and thin externally, the body inside may be crumbling because of weak bones and poorly developed muscle mass. The most worrying part is that the calcium intake with such a diet is very low. Health experts believe that the best diet is one that includes fruits, vegetables, lean meat, seeds, nuts and olive oil. The more restrictive a diet is, the less healthy it will become.