A survey performed by the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) discovered that young people who choose to reduce or eliminate dairy intake from their diets and to be part of the clean eating movement are more prone to developing osteoporosis later in life.
Clean eating, popularized on social media
This survey discovered that one in ten younger adults are adepts of clean eating diets. After being highly popularized on social media, these eating habits acquired thousands of followers. What the diets do is basically remove gluten, grains, milk, cheese, or several other dairy products from meals.
Many celebrities helped spreading the fame of dairy-free diets and presented them as a wise nutritional choice. Some of them are Victoria Beckham, Megan Fox, or famous food writers such as the Hemsley sisters.
However, a healthier dietary plan may include a little of all kinds of foods. Severely cutting certain nutrients at a young age might have terrible consequences later in life. For instance, consuming few or no dairy products might make bones weak, thus preparing the way for osteoporosis.
Professor Susan Lanham-New emphasized how important it is to offer the body all the nutrients so that it can grow strong. Bone health is usually built during the early years of life, up until late twenties. Therefore, if people have low calcium levels in their organism, they might develop bone problems when they are old.
Lacking certain nutrients might lead to problems later in life
Young people underestimate the risks they put themselves through by choosing such eating regimes. Osteoporosis is a serious condition whose occurrence is favorized by a diet which lacks certain nutrients.
“Without urgent action being taken to encourage young adults to incorporate all food groups into their diets and avoid clean eating regimes, we are facing a future where broken bones will become the norm.”
The survey, which interviewed more than 2,000 participants, discovered that 70 percent of people aged between 18 and 35 have either tried or were willing to try a clean eating diet. What it consists of is avoiding processed foods and opting for raw meals.
Thus, NOS and other nutrition experts are trying to convince young people not to let themselves influenced by social media and choose diets as diverse as possible. Their health and well-being should be put ahead of social trends, and they should feel no pressure whatsoever to conform to certain standards.
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