Apr 26, 2011 | By Janelle Vaesa
What Are the Benefits of Eating Clean?
The clean eating diet is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle that supplies the human body with natural, healthy food. Many prepackaged foods contain a list of ingredients that allow the product to stay "fresh" longer. However, most foods are not designed to last long periods of time. Tosca Reno who wrote the book, "The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids" explains that if a person is unable to pronounce any of the product's ingredients, it should not be eaten.
Whether a person is at a healthy weight, underweight or overweight, the body will react appropriately when on the eat clean diet. Those who are at a healthy weight will stay at a healthy weight. Those who are underweight will gain weight, while those who are overweight will loose weight. The reason for this, explains Reno, is that the foods a person eats on a clean eating diet are natural foods that the human body is designed to eat. There are no counting calories or watching the amount of carbohydrates on the clean eating diet. It is as simple as eating a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy products.
Reno writes that one of the benefits of following the eat clean diet is more energy. People who used to be tired or took afternoon naps were no longer napping. People who were too tired to exercise found the energy to work out daily, providing them with even more energy. The body can only function on glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. There are two types of carbohydrates, complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates contain starch and fiber while simple carbohydrates contain sugar. Complex carbohydrates take longer for the body to break down than simple carbohydrates, thus providing more energy. Whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables are sources of complex carbohydrates, reports Medline Plus. Simple carbohydrates are found in processed foods such as candy and soda; however, they are also found in milk, fruits and vegetables, which are healthier.
Americans are obsessed with the way they look and many people go to great lengths to achieve the perfect skin. There are many products on the market that promise to fight acne, erase wrinkles and make one look years younger. Reno writes that people who follow the eat clean diet have noticed that they have healthier looking skin. The reason behind this is due to one of the principles of the eat clean diet which is drinking water. The eat clean diet recommends that people should be drinking two to three liters of water a day. Water helps hydrate the body and flush out toxins that can build up and cause acne.
"The Eat-Clean Diet for Families and Kids"; Reno, Tosca; 2008.
The claim that eating " a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy products", without "ingredients you can't pronounce" and drinking plenty of water will make it simple for underweight people and the obese to attain normal weight isn't plausible to me. Were there no underweight or overweight people in the thousands of years before man made preservatives, artificial colors and flavors were invented?
What does "most foods are not designed to last long periods of time" even mean? Evolution doesn't "design" plants and animals as food for us. Is there an assumption of intelligent design here?
Yes, I agree Ruth -- it is obviously not a scientific article. It is just a certain dietary plan or popular book selling at the moment. I am glad you pointed this out. That is what I was hoping to get discussed here. I appreciate your insight.