What You Don't Know About Clean And Healthy Eating Could Cost You.

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Clean eating and healthy eating are terms with specific meanings, though there is some overlap between the two. Compounding matters is how often these terms get appropriated by foods and health products that don’t really fit in the category. This is why what you don’t know about clean and healthy eating could cost you.

It Doesn’t Prevent All Allergies

Clean eating means eating food that doesn’t contain chemicals like preservatives. The food may use salt or have been dried to extend its shelf life. Or they may have frozen it. Clean eating will remove a number of food colorings and preservatives like MSG that many are allergic to. However, it won’t automatically protect you from all allergens. For example, unprocessed peanuts are as allergenic as honey roasted peanuts in a foil wrapper. Whole grain breads like sourdough may have fewer preservatives and more fiber, but it can still trigger your gluten allergy. Yet these foods are healthy.

It Won’t Cure All Health Problems

Clean eating may be the first step to a healthy diet. By removing the processed snack foods and replacing them with apples, bananas and other fruits and vegetables, you get better nutrition and fewer calories. However, clean eating isn’t a guarantee you’ll get a healthy diet. Drinking too much whole milk or adding too much sugar to those baked apples will result in consumption of too many calories. If you’re diabetic, clean eating can reduce the amount of hidden sugar in your diet, but you still need to count carbohydrates as well as sugar grams. Nor will healthy eating cure thyroid disorders, though eating a healthier balanced diet may reduce the dietary issues compounding the problem. For example, clean eating may result in lower salt intake and better hydration.

Clean Eating Doesn’t Automatically Equal a Balanced Diet

Be careful to get a balanced diet when aiming for a clean diet. For example, a clean diet of fruits and vegetables won’t provide you enough protein. You need to eat fish, dairy, beans or some other source of protein, as well. And the same is true the other way. A diet heavy in fish, beef, and chicken but not enough fruits and vegetables will cause nutritional deficits, too.

It May Cost More Money – Or Less

Healthy eating and clean eating don’t have to cost you more money than you already spend on groceries. However, it requires buying carrots and cutting them up instead of buying the pre-sliced carrot sticks in the deli. It means buying rice and beans and making that for dinner instead of an organic vegan bean burrito from the frozen foods section. Eat an apple instead of buying apple slices by the bag. By making strategic choices that may require a little more effort on your part, you get a healthy diet while saving money. If you rush to the pre-prepared items and then search for the few “clean” eating options, you’ll spend more money than you were before.

It Doesn’t Guarantee Weight Loss

Clean eating is often called fit eating. And clean eating may result in modest weight loss. One reason is that you’re eliminating the excess sugar that contributes to overeating. Another is that the clean diet tends to result in loading up on foods that have a lower caloric density. Now you eat a plate full of vegetables, whole grains and protein that fill you up without the same number of calories. The increased fiber intake tends to make you feel full, too. However, this isn’t a guarantee you’ll lose weight.

Clean eating may or may not reduce your caloric intake. After all, eating a lot of cheese and meat may be “clean”, but it isn’t low calorie. Moderate consumption of these items will count toward a healthy eating plan, but that requires knowing what proper portion sizes are. Yet too many people focus on the diet side of the equation and ignore the activity side of the equation. A healthy diet may give you more energy, but it is still up to you to get up and get moving. And that’s especially true if you want to lose weight.

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