Really healthy?: Clean Eating entails, according to the latest study, it also has its dangers

Unpacked fruit and plenty of fresh organic vegetables – sounds super healthy, right?

Some scientists are now warning, however, before the so-called “Clean-Eating Trend”.

Because the division into “clean” and “dirty” food is fraught for young people, some of the risks.

Under “Clean Eating” everyone understands something different

What is actually “Clean Eating”? That’s exactly where the Problem starts, says the researcher, and a nutritional therapist, Emily Fonnesbeck to ‘Bustle’.

Because it is an exact Definition is missing.

Of unprocessed foods, especially gentle cooking process, about Eliminating dairy products, wheat and sugar, or of the stone age inspired Paleo diet – are you #clean eating in Instagram, will play a flood of different opinions and approaches out.

A scientific classification, however, in “clean” and “dirty” food, it is not, and thus no clear guidance on what to eat and what not.

Nevertheless, it was shown in a study published in 2019 in the ‘Journal of Disordered Eating’, that especially the young people rated all definitions of Clean Eating, basically, as a positive – even if in the descriptions it was emphasised that each of the defined diet, could lead to “dysfunction and emotional stress”.

It seems that Clean Eating is grown to the Status of a hype, because as a model diet strategy.

Intuition is better than rigid rules

As problematic, the scientists assess the strong limitation in the food selection at the Clean Eating.

Depending on the opinion of a variety of products from the food plan out and fall in.

Who has prescribed, for example, the rule to take only genetically unmodified, organic and natural food, but at the same time do not have enough financial resources has, from these products are numerous and in great Variation of stock to be harmful to a nutrient deficiency.

“Our culture defines healthy eating as restrictive eating, but this could not be further from the truth,” says Fonnesbeck, “Healthy eating is flexible and includes a variety of foods.”

She makes it on the example of frozen vegetables clearly: This is the Clean Eaters often frowned upon, contained but in fact, often exactly the same nutritional value as fresh vegetables.

To abandon to only stay by “clean”, that is so not the point.

A healthy diet should be no Stress

A further point of some scientists of the “Clean Eating ogle” suspicious.

After all, who rubs only “clean food” waste not spoil yourself straight in a sociable round of the fun at common meals, but also the risk of a compulsive and dysfunctional relationship to food, running build.

Who start to eat “bad” foods worried to feel, constantly on your own food intake think of and maybe even already social occasions avoid, where Clean Food is not guaranteed to be in the process of developing an unhealthy relationship to food, says Rebecca Jennings, a nutritionist at the Arthur House of the Priory Group.

By then, it is advisable to loosen the control reins a little bit.

“Do not set rigid rules for your food, but try this instead, with your innate Hunger-Point-to-contact”, therefore, recommends Jennings.

A book recommendation for the Sharpening of one’s own Intuition when food is the book “The body’s Navigator to the best food of all time”.


  • Biomed Central: Is #clean eating a healthy or harmful dietary strategy? Perceptions of clean eating and associations with disordered eating among young adults, retrieved on 14.01.2020:
  • Bustle: What Does “Clean Eating” Can Do To Your Body?, archived from the original on 14.01.2020

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