Keto, vegan, fasting…it’s safe to say, 2019 has had its fair share of ‘super’ diets. But the internet is chock-full of misinformation from self-appointed ‘wellness gurus’, making it hard to separate the good advice from the downright dangerous.
So, in the December issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine, our team of dietitians have done the hard work for you, and checked out whether claims made by popular diets are actually backed by hard science. We weren’t surprised to see that many did not match up.
Here’s our top pick for 2019, and the one to leave behind.
BEST: The flexitarian diet
The claim: A flexitarian diet is essentially a mostly plant-based diet, with the occasional serve of meat or fish – otherwise known as ‘flexible vegetarianism’. It claims to help with weight loss, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and it’s even good for the environment.
The evidence: A recent review of 25 studies found the flexitarian approach has positive effects on body weight and metabolic health, and reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. It's a balanced approach and that gets a big tick in our books.
WORST: The mono diet
The claim: Ever heard of the ‘banana diet’ or the ‘potato diet’? The mono diet involves eating just one type of food (e.g. only fruit), and in very extreme cases, one single food (e.g. bananas). Actors and YouTube stars have praised the diet for dramatic weight loss results.
The evidence: No surprises here, there’s no scientific evidence to support this potentially dangerous diet. We don’t recommend it.
For the full list, pick up the December issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now!