The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

“Clean” eating

“Clean” eating has become one of the dietary buzzwords of our time. In a perfect world, it is assigned to a diet rich in fresh, natural foods and devoid of harmful chemicals and other toxins.

However, the world is not perfect, and marketing people have cottoned onto the clean eating thing as a way to sell their less-than-clean foods to us well-meaning folks who just want to get healthier and skinnier.

And the reason they can do this is simple. “Clean” is not a word that has any officially recognised meaning. So if I were selling cupcakes, I could label them “clean” and make some sort of claim that they were healthier than ordinary cupcakes, and I couldn’t be sued! The cupcakes, of course, would sell like mad, because people want “clean” foods, and they also want cupcakes.

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The moral of the story is that we associate “clean” with “good for diet”, but that is often not the case. “Clean” can really mean almost anything.

So how do we eat real “clean” food?

The good news is that you know what is healthy and what’s not. So if you see someone selling “healthy” cupcakes, think again before you buy them. Can cupcakes really be healthy? Surely not. Read the ingredients list, check the number of chemicals in them, count the calories, and look out for sugar content disguised as something else…

Use your brain, and don’t be taken advantage of by advertisers seeking to take your money.

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