Insects Are Making Their Way Into the American Diet

Four years ago, Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz, college roommates at Brown University, ordered two shoebox-sized containers crammed with 2,000 live crickets. Their goal? To make protein bars.

Hours of Googling had established that they could turn the crickets into powder using their own oven and a blender—and from there, create energy bars.

That was their first product. Six months later, they launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their protein bar company, Exo.

“We did the Kickstarter to prove to ourselves and to everybody else that people would be willing to pay for cricket bars,” said Lewis. “We didn’t expect it to be such an overwhelming success.”

They reached their $20,000 goal within 72 hours.

Exo, based in New York, makes protein bars by combining cricket flour with raw cacao, dates, almond butter, and coconut, among other ingredients. The bars are sold at gyms, health food stores, farmers markets, and online.

Three years after the launch, the company raised $5.2 million from venture capitalists.

“I think a lot of investors are excited about the idea of introducing a whole new food source to consumers in America and Europe,” Lewis said.

Exo is one of the few companies that created the concept of cricket flours for human consumption. Dozens of startups are now producing energy bars, cookies, chips, pastas, sauces, and breads made from cricket powder.

And the number of cricket farms in North America is growing to meet the soaring demand. 

Entomo Farms, the largest cricket farm in North America, has raised $2.2 million from investors in the last three years and has used the funding to expand its facility from 5,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet.

“Business is booming,” said Jarrod Goldin, co-founder of the company based in Ontario, Canada.

“The demand is growing globally, and the United States is our biggest customer,” he said.

In addition to startups, multinational corporations like Pepsi, Kellogg, Cargill, and Disney are buying the cricket powders for their research and development efforts.

“They’re looking ahead. They are testing what kind of alternative proteins will go into their food as they plan for the future,” said Goldin.

At the Net/Net event at the New York Stock Exchange in October, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi said the bugs would be the snack food of the future.

According to Exo, crickets are 65 percent protein by dry weight, which means they stack up well, pound for pound, against traditional protein sources like beef, chicken, and eggs. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says that crickets are 12 times more efficient to raise than cattle, requiring minimal feed, water, and space.

Despite this, eating insects is still largely viewed as taboo in the West. That remains the biggest marketing challenge for startups like Exo.

Lewis thinks adoption of the insects will be similar to Americans’ experience with sushi.

“Thirty years ago, the idea of eating raw fish was pretty disgusting to most Westerners. … It became more mainstream through the invention of the California roll in Hollywood, when a chef there basically replaced the tuna with avocado and hid the raw fish, making it less obvious,” he said.

“We had to create some kind of California roll for insects, and that is where the protein bars come in.”

Health officials respond to troubling video of raw meat…

WARREN, Mich. – Video and pictures of unwrapped raw beef piled in a shopping cart outside Warren Food Market have prompted health officials to respond to the handling of the meat.

As the video made its rounds online, it didn’t take long for people to start asking questions. The delivery was being made to the market on 10 Mile Road near Ryan Road.

“That’s disgusting. That’s unsanitary,” the woman who took the photos said.

She doesn’t want to be identified, but her Facebook post has gone viral after she took photos of a man loading 200 pounds of raw beef into a shopping cart in the parking lot of Warren Food Market.

“For you to put it in a shopping cart, and no telling it was hot earlier,” she said.

Employees at Warren Food Market said they saw the man loading the beef in the cart, and the $800 worth of beef is in their freezer.

“I have no concern about this,” an employee said.

When the questions got tougher, Local 4 was directed to speak to the wholesaler, Nazem Saad Halal Meat.

Nazem Saad said they used the cart because the two boxes carrying the meat broke.

“When they lifted it, the meat came out,” Saad said.

He said he saw the photos being taken.

“I don’t think it is a big deal,” Saad said.

Officials said this isn’t a proper food handling method, and it’s unsanitary. Customers on social media agreed.

“I don’t wish anyone to get shut down, but I wish they would practice better sanitary practices because I don’t believe it’s sanitary, in my opinion,” the woman said.

The woman said she was at the laundromat next door to Warren Food Market when she saw the meat being loaded into the shopping cart. She said she felt compelled to take photos so the public would know what’s going on at the grocery store.

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Some Vegan Bloggers Think Heavy Periods Are Toxic. And I’m Sorry, What?

This just in: Getting your period once a month means you have a toxic body and a toxic diet. That’s what a couple popular vegan bloggers think, at least.

In a controversial YouTube video called “How I lost my period on a RAW VEGAN Diet,” vlogger Freelee the Banana Girl explains she thinks “menstruation is toxicity leaving the body” and “people are having these heavy, heavy periods and painful periods because they have a toxic body or have a toxic, [high-fat] diet.” Freelee says switching to a high-carbohydrate raw vegan diet got rid of her regular period. Now, the vlogger goes without a period for nine months at a time—and when she does menstruate, she experiences “mega-light” bleeding. “If it’s so unhealthy for me to go through a period of not having my period, then why did I feel so amazing?” she asks in her video, which has been viewed nearly 400,000 times.

And Miliany Bonet, the 19-year-old behind the blog RawVeganLiving, echoed these claims. “A non-menstruating body indicates the body is clean,” Bonet told Broadly. “The industry has done a great job of brainwashing too many women into thinking that if they do not get their periods on a monthly basis, that something is wrong with their body and hormones.”

…I’m sorry, what?

First things first—periods are not toxic. And chronically missing a period can be cause for concern.

Did you get your period this month? Me too. That doesn’t make us “toxic”—that makes us normal human women. And it’s not “toxicity” leaving your body—it’s blood, thickened endometrial cells, and sometimes clots. “Aiming for no periods makes no sense,” Jacques Moritz, M.D., ob/gyn at Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SELF. For many women, having no period is an actual medical problem—Moritz says many of his patients come to him because they’re not getting their periods on a regular basis and they’re worried that’s a sign of dysfunction.

Remember, there are plenty of reasons you can miss your period—like stress, an extreme shift in your fitness routine, menopause, or pregnancy. You might also be using a form of birth control that alters your menstrual cycle. Some of these reasons (like stress) might concern you, while others (like birth control), shouldn’t. But you can always talk to your gynecologist if you’re worried about something.

Though Moritz hasn’t personally treated these bloggers, he suspects their plant-based diet has severely decreased their level of body fat—which, in turn, lowered the amount of estrogen in their bodies. When your estrogen level gets low enough, your body stops ovulating—and you stop experiencing menstruation, as a result. “Basically, your body is protecting itself from getting pregnant when you’re in this kind of ‘starvation’ state,” Moritz explains.

Eating in a way that makes your period stop—or grow excessively lighter—likely means you’re not getting enough nutrients or overexerting yourself without fueling properly. Not only is this unhealthy when it’s happening, but it can also have longterm consequences—like thyroid dysfunction, infertility, and osteoporosis. A “non-menstruating body” isn’t a “clean body”—many times, it’s a body in severe stress. “If that’s what we’re aiming for, our world has become a sad place,” Moritz says.

And there’s no actual evidence that adopting a vegan diet will change your period.

There’s not a lot of research looking into high-fat diets, veganism, and menstruation, Christine Greves, M.D., an ob/gyn at Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare, tells SELF. So not only is it incorrect to say that a high-fat diet will cause heavy periods and cramping, it’s controversial to make any definitive statement about changing your diet to improve your period in the first place. (Not to mention, the data that does exist suggest that menstrual irregularity is more common among vegetarians than it is among non-vegetarians.)

If you’re concerned about your menstrual cycle, talk to your doctor.

A menstrual pattern typically consists of about 3-7 days of light to heavy bleeding once a month, according to Greves. But of course, that varies from person to person. You’re the expert on your own period—so if longer, heavier periods (or shorter, lighter ones) are your norm, that’s probably OK. Go to your gynecologist with any questions you have—instead of, you know, trying to train your body to stop having a period by severely altering your diet.

If your period is heinous enough that you’re tempted to overhaul your diet to get rid of it, you should consider talking to a gynecologist. Look, some people do have extremely heavy periods with severe cramping. That can interrupt their quality of life and be a sign of a very real problem, like polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. No one should have to suffer in silence or think that kind of pain is normal or acceptable—and they certainly shouldn’t be encouraged to eat so little they “lose” their period entirely. If this is something you’re experiencing, a doctor can help you identify and address the source of your discomfort—and to do so safely and effectively. Please talk to your doctor, and don’t try this “losing your period” thing at home.

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If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It’s A Real Syndrome

If you have ever noticed an itchy or tingly sensation in your mouth after biting into a raw apple, carrot, banana or any of the fruits and veggies listed here, read on.

People who are allergic to pollen are accustomed to runny eyes and sniffles this time of year. But some seasonal allergy sufferers have it worse: They can develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables.

The allergic reactions — which are usually mild — can come on suddenly. And people can react to foods they had been eating with no problem for most of their lives.

The condition is called oral allergy syndrome. “I do think that this is one of the most underreported and underrecognized conditions, ” says Dr. Carah Santos, an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver.

People who have OAS are allergic to plant pollens. Many fruits and vegetables contain proteins that are similar to these pollens. So the immune system can mistake the fruit and vegetable proteins for the plant pollens that caused the allergy.

“We call it cross-reactivity,” explains Santos. “Your immune system sees something as looking very similar to something it already reacts to.”

Bananas were the trigger for Jessica Slattery, who lives in the suburbs of Denver. She began to notice a reaction every time she ate one.

“The first thing I’d feel is a little itch on my tongue,” Slattery says. “I’d feel it down my throat … it’s just a little tingle.”

Sometimes, her lips would swell, too.

When Slattery described the reaction to her friends, they were skeptical. “They were, like, ‘How could you possibly be allergic to a banana?’ ” Slattery recalls.

Fruits are not on the list of top allergenic foods; most people have only heard of the top culprits such as eggs, fish and nuts.

But Slattery knew it wasn’t in her head. Over time, she started reacting to other foods, including kiwi, pineapple and avocado.

She noticed she was most reactive to these foods during the spring and fall, when her pollen allergies kicked in.

The standard tests to detect food allergies often come back negative for people with OAS. This happened to Slattery. “I had testing … for everything I thought I was allergic to, and everything came back negative.”

This was frustrating, she says, because several doctors could not explain what she had. Ultimately, an allergist diagnosed her with oral allergy syndrome simply by taking a detailed history of her symptoms. She says it was a relief to get the diagnosis.

“It was like, ‘OK, this is not in my head! It’s a real thing,’ ” Slattery says.

People with oral allergy syndrome are typically advised to avoid the raw foods they react to. But there is a workaround: Peeling or cooking the fruits and vegetables before eating them can be helpful.

For instance, if apples cause a reaction, applesauce may be OK. Or if bananas are a problem, try banana bread instead. “Oftentimes [people with OAS] can eat these foods because the cooking process can degrade the proteins that look like the pollen,” says Santos.

The prevalence of oral allergy syndrome is unknown, but researchers who evaluated pollen-related food allergies in 2015 concluded: “Although epidemiologic data are scarce, there is no doubt that the increase in pollen allergies is going to be followed by an increase in the so-called pollen-related food allergies.”

Here are other tips on managing oral allergy syndrome from National Jewish Health:

  • Avoid raw foods that cross-react with your pollen allergens.
  • Take oral antihistamine medications to relieve mild symptoms.
  • Bake or cook foods to degrade the protein and eliminate the cross-reaction.
  • Eat canned fruits or vegetables during your pollen season.
  • Peel the food, as the protein is often concentrated in the skin.

The experts at National Jewish Health advise that people call an allergist when OAS symptoms get worse or occur when eating nuts.

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Many people complain this time of year about pollen allergies. They get those itchy, watery eyes, runny noses. You know what I’m talking about. But some people with seasonal allergies have it worse. They develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables – everything from apples and bananas to carrots and cucumbers. NPR’s Allison Aubrey examines this allergy syndrome that often goes undiagnosed.

ALLISON AUBREY, BYLINE: Several years back, Jessica Slattery began to notice a strange reaction every time she ate a banana.

JESSICA SLATTERY: So the first thing I would feel is a little itch on my tongue, and my lips would start to swell. And then I’d feel it all the way down my throat. And it’s just like a little tingle.

AUBREY: And the reaction got worse in late spring, right around the time her seasonal allergies to tree pollen kicked in. Now, at first, she didn’t go to the doctor because the symptoms were mild and because nobody she knew had ever heard of a fruit allergy.

SLATTERY: I did have some friends who were like, how could you possibly be allergic to a banana?

AUBREY: It’s true that fruits are not the top allergenic foods. The usual culprits are eggs, fish, nuts. But over time, Slattery noticed that her reaction to bananas – that itchy, tingly sensation – spread to other fruits too, like kiwis, apples and avocados. Now, ultimately, she was diagnosed with a condition called oral allergy syndrome. Here’s physician Carah Santos. She’s an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver.

CARAH SANTOS: I do think that this is one of the most underreported and under-recognized conditions.

AUBREY: She says Jessica Slattery’s story is familiar. People with seasonal allergies or hay fever can suddenly develop allergic reactions to many common fruits and vegetables that they’ve eaten for most of their lives with no problem. Santos says what happens with this condition is that the immune system gets tripped up. It mistakes the proteins found in fruits and vegetables for the plant pollens that triggered the allergy in the first place.

SANTOS: We call it cross-reactivity. And that just means your immune system sees something as looking very similar to something it already reacts to.

AUBREY: Santos says it’s not clear why the immune system suddenly starts reacting to foods that it has tolerated for years. That can happen in adolescence or adulthood. And the tricky part about diagnosing it is that the standard tests to detect food allergies often come back negative. That was Jessica Slattery’s experience.

SLATTERY: I had testing through skin pricks for everything that I felt that I was allergic to. And everything came back negative.

AUBREY: Slattery says she went to several doctors who told her she was not allergic to these foods.

SLATTERY: When they’re telling you that they’ve done this test and it’s negative, you’re like, OK, well, then it must be me.

AUBREY: That’s why when she finally got the diagnosis, she felt reassured. Doctors made the diagnosis simply based on her symptoms.

SLATTERY: It was like, OK, so this isn’t in my head. It’s really a thing. And, you know, for me, it was a lot of relief.

AUBREY: People with oral allergy syndrome are typically told to avoid the raw foods they react to. But what they can do is peel or cook the fruits or vegetables before eating them. For instance, if apples cause the reaction, applesauce may be OK. Or if bananas are the problem, try banana bread. Here’s allergist Carah Santos.

SANTOS: Oftentimes, they’re able to eat these foods simply because the cooking process can degrade the proteins that look like the pollens.

AUBREY: This is the approach Jessica Slattery’s taken. She’s had to give up a lot of raw fruits, but she’s found plenty of workarounds to maintain a healthy diet. Allison Aubrey, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Raw: Obese Monkey Gets Help With Junk Food Habit |

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Atlanta Food: Learn how to make frozen raw desserts this summer

This mango, banana and blueberry Frozen Fruit Bite is inspired by the book “Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge” by Mimi Kirk and Mia Kirk White. The higher starch content fruits like mango or banana will act as a binder and create smoother, less icy treats. Stylning by Meridith Ford. Photo by Chris Hunt

Armed with fresh produce and the challenge of creating desserts without baking,  Chef Meridith Ford showed us how to make frozen fruit desserts that are perfect for warm weather!

Let’s hope Diet Coke button is only red button he ever pushes

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough revealed that President Donald Trump asked for — and then ignored — his advice on sending out the White House press secretary to rebut reports on his Inauguration Day crowds.

The “Morning Joe” host said Friday that acquaintances in the White House called him Jan. 20, during a birthday party for his son, seeking his advice on pushing back on reports comparing Trump’s inauguration crowds to President Barack Obama’s.

“I said, ‘I think it would be a disaster, I think it would be the stupidest thing,’ you know, ‘You better stop it, you’re going to — it’s a horrible way to start it,’” Scarborough said. “Then they called back after (Sean) Spicer’s press conference, and I said, ‘You all look like fools.’”

Trump himself called later that night, and Scarborough tried to explain why petty complaints about crowd size were such a bad idea — and he realized the presidency had already changed him.

“He just — he didn’t get it,” Scarborough said. “It was a different guy, you could just tell. He was completely mesmerized by the office he was in, and the surroundings, and I called Mika and said, ‘He’s gone — he’s lost. The guy that we have known is now in a bubble and any chance for anybody to get to him seems to be lost.’”

Scarborough said he could hear in Trump’s voice that he had been “taken” by the office, and for some reason couldn’t stop talking about the White House phone system.

“I can tell you as somebody that knew him for over a decade, it was subtle, but I knew immediately he was inside that bubble and he had changed,” Scarborough said. “I will say there are a lot of things in Donald Trump that I have seen and other people that have known him for a decade that don’t recognize him now.”

Co-host Willie Geist agreed Trump had been caught up by the trappings of the presidency, pointing to the way he shows off the red button he pushes on his desk to summon a staffer to bring him a Diet Coke.

“Let’s hope that’s the only red button he ever pushes,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough said it was pointless to wonder who could talk the president out of his own worst impulses.

“One of the things he did say in that (January) conversation, I (asked), ‘Who is the person you can talk to and come in and stop you and make you think twice about it?’ and he said, ‘I am that person,’” Scarborough said. “I said to him, ‘That’s unfortunate.’ He said, ‘I know you don’t like that, but that’s how I’ve run my career and that’s how I’m going to run the White House.’”

“It underlines that old saying that the presidency doesn’t build character, it reveals it,” he added. “I would say it not only reveals character, it exaggerates character. Whatever character traits you take into the Oval Office are amplified by your four or eight years — or two and a half years there.”

Paleo and Raw Food Diet Are Most Popular Diets In America

fb-carbs-sugar-dieting-ew.gifRemember when Atkins was all the rage? Then it was replaced with the South Beach Diet, and later Weight Watchers (“I LOVE Bread”)? Fad diets come and go—but the latest two most popular ones beg an important question about American eating habits: why do our attempts at healthy eating involve such extremes when #balance might just be the best thing for your health and fitness routine?

ICYMI, paleo dieting is pretty popular. And though it might feel so 2014, the caveman craze is far from over. In fact, a recent Grubhub study found that paleo orders increased by 370 percent in 2016, making it the most popular dietary-specific choice for the year. (And Grubhub isn’t the only company to find that paleo is currently king in the dieting world.) To no one’s surprise, raw diet orders came in second place, with a 92-percent increase last year. Apparently, when it comes to ordering healthy food, the country is split between ordering high-fat, meat-heavy dishes, and 100-percent produce-fueled food. Call me a traditionalist, but both of these seem a bit extreme.

Why the Paleo Diet & Raw Diet Are So Popular

How is it possible that the top two diets in America are basically total opposites?

The appeal behind paleo and raw dieting boils down to two things, according to Susan Pierce Thompson, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, eating psychology specialist, and author of Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and FreeOne, the fact that both have scientific narratives (“People are really attracted to knowing the ‘why’ underneath what they’re doing,” says Thompson), regardless of whether there’s truth in these narratives or not.

And people really do feel better when they’re on these diets. About 60 percent of the typical American diet comes from ultra-processed foods, says Thompson. Both the paleo diet and raw diets ditch this ultra-processed food and replace it with whole foods—which just happens to be the basic recipe for healthy eating success. “If you just stop eating processed foods and start eating more vegetables, you’ll have that feel-good benefit regardless of the diet you’re on,” says Thompson. But because people switch to raw dieting or paleo and dramatically increase their vegetable and whole food consumption and cut the processed crap, the narrative of both diets gets passed along with raving reviews.

When Extreme Dieting Actually *Is* a Good Idea

Problem is, “diets” are hard to stick with, and lots of experts suggest the 80/20 rule for healthy eating longevity. So why are people picking paleo and raw—arguably the two most extreme diets on the spectrum—in order to put their healthy eating knowledge to use?

“The extreme approach works really well for some people,” says Thompson. You likely fall into one of two personality groups: the abstainers or the moderators. The former works better with clear boundaries and “off-limits” items, while the latter finds that the occasional indulgence actually strengthens their resolve and heightens pleasure, according to Gretchen Reuben, the author behind the concept. “An abstainer will actually do better with an extreme kind of diet,” says Thompson. “A moderator will do better if they avoid a strict diet.”

There’s one time when abstinence—and extreme dieting—does work better for both types of people, and that’s when addiction comes into play. “If you have someone whose brain is addicted to sugar and flour, for example, then choosing to abstain from them completely is actually the moderate choice,” says Thompson. (See: 5 Signs You’re Addicted to Junk Food)

So if you find that you’re happiest and healthiest outlining your diet per the paleo, raw, or some other plan, there’s no shame; going all-out with your healthy eating might be best for you. But if restriction ends in binges or makes you completely miserable? Moderation might be your happy medium. As long as you’re eating whole foods, lots of veggies, and cutting out ultra-processed Franken-foods, your body will handle the rest just fine, says Thompson: “There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.”

It’s Gisele Bündchen’s Fault Tom Brady Follows a Strict Diet

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.

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It’s widely known that football star and man-necklace wearer Tom Brady follows an ultrarestrictive diet that cuts out white sugar, caffeine, fungus, MSG, dairy, nightshade vegetables, olive oil, and more. But now, we finally know why: His wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, basically made him.

In a new interview with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, Bündchen revealed that she and Brady have been following their strict diet the entire ten years they’ve been together. “It has come from me,” she told Rose.

The supermodel explained that at first, the New England Patriots quarterback wasn’t so sure about the diet — “It was a little different for him,” she noted — because they were largely eating raw foods at the time. But since then, they’ve branched out to other “seasonal” and “local” plant-based foods, and now he apparently “loves it.”

“He’s almost 40, right? … But the thing is, he’s been feeling so much better, I have to say, it’s amazing,” Bündchen said. “He doesn’t feel achy. He just feels so much more energy.”

If only Bündchen could also convince Brady to finally try a strawberry

Fast and fresh food in Hamilton

On-trend eats

What’s hot with Hamilton’s health-conscious eaters? Local restaurateurs dish the goods.

Green juices: At Glow, the most popular juice is Pure Green, made from kale, spinach, romaine, celery, lemon, ginger and cucumber. At Pure Love, it’s the Green Warrior smoothie with almond butter, almond milk, dates, spinach, vanilla and bananas.

Chia seeds: At Glow, patrons go nuts for the cashew-based chia pudding, which comes in flavours including banana matcha, lemon blueberry and Creamsicle.

Healthy tacos: Fork & Lean customers come back for gluten and dairy-free tacos, which come in chicken or beef.

Fabulously healthy or health fad?

Dr. Janet Pritchard of McMaster University’s School of Interdisciplinary Science and Kinesiology explains the science (or lack thereof) behind some recent food trends.

Raw food diet: A plant-based diet consisting of uncooked or unprocessed foods, such as fruits vegetables, seeds and nuts.

Good: One study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2005 showed that people who consumed a raw diet for at least 24 months had lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and higher good (HDL) cholesterol, which may be beneficial for heart health.

Not-so-good: People who follow a raw food diet are at higher risk of deficiencies in vitamin B-12 and protein, which are needed for blood cells and skeletal muscle health, respectively. (Journal of Nutrition, 2005)

Paleo diet: Foods available during the Stone Age: fruit, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds.

Good: A 2016 research review in the Australian Family Physician journal showed the Paleo diet can result in weight loss and improvements in blood sugar and blood pressure.

Not-so-good: A 2014 study found that although people who follow the Paleo diet lose more weight at six months compared to people following a conventional diet, the weight loss is not sustained for two years on the diet. Also, avoiding dairy can result in calcium deficiency and osteoporosis.

Juice cleanse: Consuming a diet mainly consisting of fruit and vegetable juice, sometimes for an extended period of time.

Good: Juices that contain nutrients such as folic acid, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids may have a beneficial effect on the health of blood vessels, according to a review in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society in 2009. But the impact of juice cleanses alone on heart health has not been studied.

Not-so-good: There is no scientific evidence supporting claims that juice cleanses lead to sustained weight loss or removal of toxins from the body. People who try juice cleanses may experience cramping, bloating and a lack of energy, and any weight lost during the juice cleanse will likely be gained back when a normal diet is readopted.