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New research on ‘clean eating’ explores potential link to eating disorders

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Suman Ambwani, a noted scholar in the field of disordered eating and associate professor of psychology at Dickinson College, and a team of researchers, asked nearly 150 college students to define “clean eating.” The students also were asked to read five vignettes featuring different “clean” diets and rate whether they thought the diets were “healthy,” reflected “clean eating” and whether they might try them out. The subjects’ responses varied, but overwhelmingly favored “clean eating,” even if the so-called “clean” diets caused problems in work, social and emotional functioning.

“It is concerning that our respondents had positive attitudes toward extreme ‘clean eating’ diets that cause distress and disruption,” said Ambwani. “We know dieting can create an increased risk for developing eating disorders, so we need to better understand how ostensibly healthy diets may devolve into disordered eating.”

Definitions of “clean eating” typically include elements such as eating local, “real,” organic, plant-based, home-cooked foods, but frequently also tout more extreme strategies, like eliminating gluten, grains or dairy. Trendy, “clean eating” diets are often highlighted on social and popular media, typically by non-expert celebrities, but there is no scientific consensus around what constitutes “clean eating.”

The study’s results “highlight the need to train consumers to better distinguish between trustworthy and fraudulent sources of information on nutrition and health behaviors,” said Ambwani. “‘Clean eating’ also appears to bestow an element of moral superiority,” she noted. “It can also signify status and is importantly linked with health-related attitudes and behaviors.”


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Why Do I Feel Worse After Eating Healthy?

Interesting read for vacation season when many of us will be traveling and changing from our normal healthy diets to travel food.


I traveled recently for an extended period of time.  I ate airport food, I visited tons of restaurants, and I stocked my hotel room with quick packaged snacks.

It’s travel, right? So not a problem.  Right?

Ok, so I get back home and happily revert back to my normal diet.  Then I proceed to spend the next 2 days with bloating, abdominal pain, and various other gastrointestinal unmentionables.

I was fine, though sub-par, on the crappier diet and then felt pretty darn bad on the healthier one.  And this isn’t unheard of when people make more long-term changes to picking a more nutritious diet.

What’s the deal with that?

Why Do I Feel Worse After Eating Healthy

What it comes down to, as is the case with so many common health problems, is our gut bacteria. Turns out, several days of different exposure to our gut bacteria is enough to make a big difference in the quality, quantity…

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What is Clean Eating?

Have you heard the term Clean Eating? If not, expect to in the coming months and years. Already, USA Today, which writes about the broad middle of American culture, has recognized the clean eating movement in a recent article.

Clean Eating “refers to the eating of food as close to its natural state and point of origin as possible, and the movement is a reaction against the health problems caused by our growing fast food-oriented diet,” USA Today reports.

Is this clean food?

“It’s also a rebellion against some of Big Agriculture’s controversial practices regarding beef, poultry and genetically modified crops. While eating fresh is preferred, canning and home-preserving are generally welcomed, too,” the paper continues.

People simply don’t trust processed food like they once did. They also don’t trust much restaurant food. And so they’re flocking to farmers’ markets, natural food stores like Whole Foods, and food co-ops, neighborhood ethnic groceries and farm-to-home delivery services, all in attempts to cut out the middle men who they think are destroying anything good in the foods they eat. Continue reading

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