Health food trends always make waves with Facebook videos or Instagram posts. This is the new holy grail! It'll cure all your problems!
The Internet knows this is silly, which is why there are jokes about coconut oil as the cure for student loans.
What's not silly is when people put their faith in ingredients they know nothing about. Some health food trends, taken at face value, do more harm than good.
Other foods or ingredients that are worth the hype don't get enough attention. That's why we made this article.
In it, we're comparing and contrasting four health food trends. Are they a myth or fact?
Health Food Trends
Let's talk about beverages. It's where Americans are getting a good amount of their calories.
You know soda is bad, but what about the diet stuff? Isn't no calories always the right choice?
At New Age Beverage, we like to start off on the positive. We think that's the best way to live life. So let's talk about a better benefit to sugary or sugar-free drinks below.
Trend #1 Coconut Water
We've seen coconut water boxes, bottles, and pure coconuts popping up everywhere. What's the hype? Why do people love the inside of this hairy fruit so much?
It tastes great! Secondly, it's 100% natural. In a good coconut water drink, you're draining the coconut water (filtered) straight into the bottle.
It has important minerals, fiber, and vitamins that you can get through a straw (a reusable one). These include:
- Vitamin C
- Sodium (yes, it can be good!)
You're not going to find that naturally in any sugar-filled sodas or recovery drinks.
Studies have even found that coconut water can lower the risk of diabetes and lower blood pressure. Can your bright-colored sports drink do that?
We didn't think so.
Trend #2 Non-Sugar Sweeteners
We know that soda isn't good for us and Americans are drinking less of the full-calorie kind.
Reducing calories is great, but you could be doing even more harm to your health. The chemicals in unnatural sugar substitutes have clinically proven risks.
Aspartame you've heard of, but what about Saccharin, Neotame, and Sucralose? All these chemical sweeteners are at least twice as sweet as sugar.
That fake sweet without the calories does a number on our bodies. When our mind tastes something sweet, it expects calories. When it doesn't get it, we tend to seek those calories from other sources.
Your diet soda could be making you eat more!
Not to mention, diet sodas and artificial sweeteners have links to disease, including but not limited to:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Birth Defects
Is your bubbly-soda habit worth risking all that?
Instead, reach for a drink with plant-based natural sweeteners. Coconut water's sweetness comes straight from the tree, no package opening required.
Trend #3 Green Tea
All hail green tea, an ancient and honored remedy for thousands of years. There's a reason people are still drinking it.
It's science lab-proven good for you! One glass of green tea has more nutrients than you can imagine.
To start with it has antioxidants. This is a term people throw around a lot, but not everyone knows what it means.
Antioxidants attack things called "free radicals" in the body. Things that could do damage to your cells and shouldn't be there. When your body has antioxidants, it gives the cells the resources to reject or destroy free radicals.
It's good for your brain cells too.
Green tea contains safe and natural levels of caffeine along with L-theanine. L-theanine is a chemical that works for and with your brain. It can increase concentration and alertness without overstimulating to the point of anxiety.
You won't get the coffee shakes or pounding heartbeat from green tea.
Trend #4 "Skinny" Teas
If something gets all its reviews or fans by paying for them through Instagram, should you trust the benefits?
Most weight loss or skinny teas are simply well-mixed laxatives. They all have some version of the same herbs, dandelion root (a laxative), ginseng, and senna.
These herbs aren't bad on their own, but there's nothing healthy about drinking laxatives every day. They usually try to suppress your appetite, which means you'll bounce back and eat more later.
The main reason people see results from these teas is because it gives them bowel movements. That is until they stop using it regularly.
When you introduce agents to help with digestion, your body gets used to them and relies on that help. When you take the agents away, your body takes a while to revert back to natural processes.
You don't need to pay twenty dollars or more for two weeks of tea. Creating a healthy diet, eating natural foods, and drinking things like coconut water and green tea is enough.
Nothing in weight loss or health is a magic pill. You have to change your holistic view of things to see any lasting results.
Company Ethics Matter
On a final note, where you get your health food trends news matters. If it's a big-name chemical loving company pushing it to you, be wary.
Their number one game is to make money, not make you better.
The company you get your health drinks or food from should have a company culture that matches their products. Do they focus on natural ingredients?
When it comes to health food trends, don't buy into anything before you do your research. Your health is worth that extra time!
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