It’s no secret that eating a healthy diet is one of the BEST things you can do for your body.
After all, eating quality, nutritious food ensures you’re getting plenty of vital nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals. And, it helps you maintain a healthy weight.
But sometimes eating well just isn’t that easy.
And it’s not because you don’t know what’s good for you…
It’s because, these days there are more FAD DIETS than you can count on two hands… and everyone seems to have an opinion on which diet is best!
But according to a new study, only 15% of people “dieting” could accurately tell how healthy their diet was… and nearly 99% overrated its healthiness!
While there is nothing wrong with tinkering with your diet and finding out what works best for you, studies have found that using certain EXTREME diets can lead to some serious health issues.
Here’s everything you need to know, and how you can avoid dangerous dieting.
The Risks of EXTREME Dieting
According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, the rates of iron-deficiency anemia are rising.
And one of the culprits? Restrictive diets that don’t provide your body with enough IRON.
Iron is a vital nutrient your body need to make hemoglobin – a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Not getting enough iron can lead to anemia –a direct result of a drop in red blood cells. Anemia is very serious as it can cause fatigue, pale skin, dizziness, weakness, and even heart failure!
But the problem is, some of the latest fad diets require you to eliminate foods like red meat – one of the best sources of iron out there.
Now, I’m not here to tell you to follow a specific diet… but I am here to tell you no matter what diet (or eating plan) you choose, it’s important that you’re eating enough iron-rich foods!
And even if you’re choosing to cut out meat, there are plenty of healthy, iron-rich foods out there.
One of my favorite ‘non-red meat’ foods high in iron is tuna.
Just a three-ounce serving of canned tuna contains about 1.4 mg of iron, which is well within the daily recommended amount of iron.
Tuna is also packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have shown are good for your heart, brain, and immune system.
Study Finds. “Food for thought: Nearly 9 in 10 people think their diet is healthier than it really is.” 6/15.22. https://www.studyfinds.org/9-in-10-people-diet-healthier/
Mann, Denise. “Changing Diets Mean More Americans Are Anemic Now.” 8/4/21. https://consumer.healthday.com/8-4-changing-diets-mean-more-americans-are-anemic-now-2654245136.html
Spritzler, Franziska. “12 Healthy Foods That Are High in Iron.” 1/27/20. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-iron-rich-foods