You know what they say: if it's too good to be true, it probably is. This is all-too-common with the latest health food craze. You've probably heard about the "detoxing" effects of charcoal and the "immune-boosting benefits" of coconut oil. The problem? Most of this is bullsh*t, according to this dietitian.
Paula Norris (@movingdietitian) shared a post on Instagram that outlined six of the biggest offenders of this B.S. health food craze: coconut oil, charcoal, apple cider vinegar, activated nuts, goji berries, green powders. And while some of these foods have healthy properties, the claims are often over-exaggerated.
"Health claims about coconut oil and immunity, boosting metabolism and appetite suppression are NOT supported by evidence," Paula wrote in her caption. As for green powders, she wrote, "While they can be rich in antioxidants they are SUPER expensive and you'll get the same benefits from eating whole fruits and vegetables."
While it's fun to try new health and wellness trends, it's important to remain sceptical about all the miracle claims. In general, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and nuts will give you all the nutrients you need and help support a healthy mind and body.