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Should You Be "Eating Clean"?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Great article on Science Based Medicine that more or less sums up how I feel about the religious discussion of "eating clean".


"Categorizing foods as or diets as 'clean' is clearly a successful marketing strategy, but is less useful when it comes to daily decision-making about good nutrition. Some of the concepts that underlie 'eating clean' are supported by good scientific evidence. But the 'eating clean' philosophy is imbued with a considerable amount of pseudoscience and a large amount of the naturalistic fallacy. Calories matter, and supplements probably don't. For that reason, I would not recommend any of the 'Eat Clean' and related books. There are too many inaccuracies to compensate for the good advice buried within. Dietary design needs to be based on good evidence, not anecdotes and logical fallacies."
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    Great post !!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us :))

    I have been eating clean for over a year. First to loose weight then for general well-being. I think it differs for everyone. My approach is to avoid processed food. Go for fresh veggies and fruits and lean meats and brown breads etc... I do not restrict myself much and I got to discover new recipes and produce. For me at least. It has worked and now it has become part of my daily life. I don't even have to think about it as my nutritional choices have changed with this new lifestyle.

    I also practice bikram yoga (yoga in a hot room) and keeping a simple diet is important to enjoy its ultimate benefit.

    Everyone is different; What works for me may not work for others and vice-versa.

    Cheers emoticon
    1905 days ago
    Great article that does a nice job of separating fact from fiction. Thanks for sharing.
    1905 days ago
    I've been wondering what "Eating Clean" was, but haven't had time to look into it, so thanks for sharing this article! Looks like there's nothing particularly bad or wrong with the overall philosophy (other than trying to convince people that "calories don't matter", which is obviously just a way to try to tell people what they want to hear and thereby sell the concept) but it doesn't look like the eating clean method offers any new, groundbreaking, helpful dieting advice either, unless someone is brand new to the world of nutrition. Good to know what it's all about. emoticon
    1906 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Eating 'clean' is too faddish for me.
    1906 days ago
    My Sister-in-Law is a personal trainer, and is currently working on getting her sports nutritionist certification. Given the number of cleanses she's done, her general insistence that it's all insulin's fault, her general paleo/clean eating obsession, and her ready willingness to believe anything out of Joe Mercola's or Dr. Oz's mouth on the subject of nutrition, I'm really not sure what this certification actually means.
    1906 days ago
    I agree with LINWINAGAIN. Shouldn't have to be so difficult.
    1906 days ago
    my take on "clean" is just to eat as much non-processed food as possible, eat it the way God made it. There are no "good" or "bad" foods, God made them all. emoticon
    1906 days ago
    There is definatly a lot of information out there. It is hard to find what is true. I have done a lot of research over the years and have believed diffrerent things. Hopefully, we all just end up eating healthier no matter what we believe. Good for you for doing research and not just accepting what people say.
    1906 days ago
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