Confused By Clean Eating? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Trend

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With all of the diet trends in today’s society, it’s understandable to get a little confused. Being bombarded by multiple options can be a bit overwhelming. The “Clean Eating” diet has been gaining quite a lot of momentum, but what exactly does it entail? Here’s some info on this dieting craze to help clear things up.

8. Think Green

Increasing your veggie intake is a great way to keep clean. Not only are raw vegetables unprocessed, but they’re full of incredible vitamins to keep you healthy. Be sure to look for organic vegetables for the best options, and clean them off before you eat them up.

7. Whole Foods

CNN says the key to clean eating is to cut out any and all processed foods. Instead of carrot cake, eat carrots and pecans. Eating whole foods means you’re not eating anything unnecessary that’s been added in, but you’re still getting the healthy nutrients.

6. Avoid Alcohol

Not only should you clean up what you eat, but what you drink too. While you don’t have to completely dry up, limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day. Drinking beverages with a lot of sugar or artificial flavoring is discouraged, but something simple like a glass of wine a day is acceptable.

5. Lose Artificial Additives

Artificial coloring, sweeteners and flavors are all things that you should cut out of your diet for clean eating. All of these additives contain unnatural chemicals and are even suspected of causing or worsening certain health problems. According to WebMD, certain artificial food coloring might make asthma worse.

4. Read the Ingredients

Avoiding anything that’s pre-packaged unless it is completely necessary. When you do go for boxed or bagged food items, just be sure you check the ingredient list first. If you see natural ingredients like rice, sesame seeds, water or salt, then it fits the clean eating bill. However, if the ingredients read like a chemistry textbook with items like pyrophosphate or monocalcium phosphate, avoid that item.

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