You may have heard of your favourite celebrity, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, following a “clean diet”. You may have jumped on the bandwagon, or are planning to, but why? Clean Eating?
What is clean eating?
The concept behind clean eating is the process of how food is put on your plate. How is it grown, handled and processed.
“Clean food” refers to those that are as close to their natural form as possible, such as organic food. Given the amount of processing your food goes through nowadays, it is definitely safe to say most of the things you put on your plate are definitely not as clean as it should be.
What are the kinds of food you should avoid while trying to eat clean? Definitely the processed food.
Processed food includes additions of condiments or preservatives to make your food tastier, more flavourful and longer lasting. Changing the form of the natural food, such as removal of bran and germ to create refined bread, processing your berries into jam and frying your food are also some examples of food going through processing.
Food with chemicals added or components manufactured in laboratories are also most definitely processed.
So why go clean? Clean Eating
Extensive research has shown that eating natural food comes with better health; diets heavy on fruits and vegetables can prevent certain diseases, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables leads to healthy weight management and glowing skin and hair. But more doesn’t mean better. While these foods do result in better health conditions, you should not over-eat.
Processing isn’t necessarily bad. Sometimes it removes the bacteria or toxins in your food, making it edible. You cannot avoid processed food (no matter how minimal) but the trick here is to avoid foods that are overly processed. One way is to opt for organic food where these foods undergo as little processing as possible.
How does opting for organic food contribute to clean eating?
Firstly, organic food has minimal chemicals and is richer in nutrients. Pesticide is not used while growing organic food and they boast more nutrients – vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients – than commercially grown food as the soil they are cultivated in are managed and nourished with sustainable practice.
Most pesticides we consume are found in the fat tissues of meat and dairy products since these foods are found high on the food chain. They accumulate over the course of food intake from the bottom of the food chain (the producers and the preys) to the top (the predators).
Besides the pesticides, antibiotics, drugs and growth hormones are also passed through the food chain.
Going Organic: Clean Eating
Also, by going organic, you can avoid Genetically Engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO). These foods are everywhere now, be it to make it more pests resistant or to cultivate those off-seasons.
Since you cannot be sure whether the food you are eating are not GE or GMOs, the best way is to opt for organic food as they are definitely not genetically engineered in any way.
Additional bonus! If you’re an environmentalist, going organic will help you do your part in protecting the environment. Organic farming promotes eco-sustenance and reduces environmental pollution.
Reap the Benefits of Clean Eating
With the numerous benefits that clean eating promotes, it’s never too late to start. If you think that buying organic food is way too much trouble, you can always kick start your new diet by drinking organic juices! We all have certain kind of vegetables or fruits we find it hard to ingest.
You will find it easier for you to consume these foods in the form of juices. Juicing also facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion. It may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death.
If you are on a clean diet but don’t know why, now you do. For those who are planning to start, you now know the purpose and perhaps, motivation for you to embark on one. Start embarking on a clean eating diet today!