Food trends and fads come and go, with the latest obsession with clean eating being the one that all the celebrities and fitness fanatics are crazy about.
So, what exactly is clean eating, what are the advantages and are there any disadvantages?
As the name suggests, clean eating is all about eliminating processed food from our diets and concentrating on what we can source naturally. Bearing in mind that our ancestors had no choice but to eat this way and this is how the human race has evolved, the basis of clean eating seems solid enough in its concept and ideology.
To be involved in the clean eating trend, your diet should consist of foods that are as true to their natural form as possible with minimal processing interaction as well as minimal transportation. In its purest form, we are talking uncooked vegetables, nuts and fruit but in essence, the emphasis is on avoiding additives, salts, sugars and over processing. This is not about eating raw egg, fish and meat but ensuring that you know your food’s journey and are happy that what is entering your body is as ‘clean’ as it can be. Avoiding cooking processes such as frying or cooking in fat helps avoid unnecessary calories, whilst steaming your vegetables and not boiling helps to maintain optimum vitamin content and avoids contact with treated tap water for convenience boiling. But does this mean boring and bland meals and uninspiring recipes going forward?
We live in the era of instant access to the Internet as well as bloggers and vloggers willing to impart their knowledge and passion to anyone who is keen to embrace the clean eating trend. This means tasty and colourful meal choices are still readily obtainable but it is worth noting that an acceptance of some processing taking place is the key to making the diet change a success.
With a side effect likely to be reduced calorie intake, this may well be a good way of losing weight desired but if not, it’s important to ensure you are getting an adequate amount of food into the body in order to avoid health problems.
For some, clean eating is a good way to detox on a temporary basis and is a good way to kickstart a health regime. Positive other effects can be enhanced skin and hair condition and a possible lowering of risk of diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. On a more negative note, it’s important to ensure you are getting a balance of necessary food types and following a clean eating diet long-term can take effort in sourcing totally natural foods.