AND THREE WE’RE NOT SO SURE ABOUT…
THE KETO DIET
Hyped as a quick weight-loss fix, a mood stabiliser and even a diet to help treat cancer, the combination of very low carb, high protein and high fat does force your body into fat-burning mode – but that’s not the whole picture. Because keto eating is so restrictive it’s hard to follow long term. Fatigue, bad breath, nausea and constipation can come as part of the package and the rapid weight loss evens out over time. ‘It’s not a healthy way to eat and if you lose weight on a keto diet, it’s only because you’re cutting calories,’ says Anita.
CRUNCH ON A CRICKET
We’re running out of sustainable animal protein and some people believe that bugs are the food of the future. In many other cultures insects are a prized delicacy, high in calcium, zinc, iron and lean protein. If you want to try it, you can buy crickets and mealworms online!
Black pizza and burger buns? It’s claimed to deliver a smoky umami flavour and health benefits but Anita is sceptical. ‘Charcoal is used medicinally and some people believe that it can absorb toxins but the body has its own detox mechanisms and there’s no evidence that added charcoal does any good. In fact, it could even bind to nutrients and reduce absorption.’