This week, the National Osteoporosis Society released research warning that so-called “clean eating trends” that cut out major food groups, such as dairy, gluten, and refined sugars, could jeopardize the health of young people.
The NSO surveyed 2,000 adults, and found that four in ten 18 to 24-year-olds have tried dieting. 20 percent of them had either cut out or restricted their intake of dairy, severely limiting their calcium intake. This age group was also the most likely to receive their nutritional information from social media. The NOS now believes that these dietary trends are putting this generation at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis.
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The problem could be that many young people who try these diets aren’t doing their research through reliable, accredited sources. They’re just looking at photos on social media and trying to imitate what they see without consulting any professional sources about what is right for their specific bodies.