Highlights

  • Clean eating means avoiding processed foods with preservatives 
  • Some may be more restrictive and eliminate foods such as dairy, gluten, and sugar
  • Clean eating can nourish the body adequately while supporting overall health 

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The fundamentals of clean eating involve choosing natural, wholesome and nutrient-dense foods. Foods that are free from additives, preservatives, and refined and processed ingredients form the base of this dietary pattern.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard about ‘clean eating’ on social media. Many food bloggers, social media influencers and magazines have sold the concept of clean eating to their followers, promising the results of weight loss, radiant skin and improved energy.

While taking a “clean” approach to eating can lead to an overall healthy lifestyle and weight management, some interpretations of clean eating may lead to unhealthy consequences. So, let’s understand this dietary concept that has stirred the Internet.

What is clean eating?

The fundamentals of clean eating involve choosing natural, wholesome and nutrient-dense foods. Foods that are free from additives, preservatives, and refined and processed ingredients form the base of this dietary pattern.

While the concept sprung up from the good intention of healthy eating, the lack of clarity around it leaves it open to interpretation. On one hand, some may choose a less restrictive approach and follow a clean eating pattern that includes whole fruits and vegetables, beans, and high-quality proteins and limit processed foods. And on the other hand, some may be more restrictive and eliminate foods such as dairy, gluten, and sugar.

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Potential benefits of clean eating

A clean diet may be beneficial as it lowers the intake of sodium, sugary beverages and processed foods. The version of clean eating with nutrient-dense diet can nourish the body adequately while supporting an individual’s overall health and weight management.

And while there is no research to link clean eating with health benefits, there are studies to associate chronic diseases with processed junk food. A study published in the BMJ found that regular consumption of processed foods increased the risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cardiovascular disease by at least 10%.

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