Healthy Food Fads Are Less Than Healthy

A review of health food fads published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that juicing, coconut oil, high-dose antioxidant dietary supplements, going gluten-free, and eggs may not be part of a healthy diet after all. 

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Below are the bottom line recommendations from the review:

Juicing concentrates calories which makes it much easier to ingest more calories than are needed. Whole food consumption is preferred.  Eat your calories, don’t drink them.

Antioxidant dietary supplements show no evidence of benefit.  Currently available evidence suggests that fruits and vegetables are the healthiest and most beneficial source of antioxidants.

Eggs and other cholesterol containing foods should be limited since dietary cholesterol raises serum cholesterol levels, although minimally.

 Coconut oil and palm oil (tropical oils) have harmful effects on heart disease risk factors. Current claims of documented health benefits of the tropical oils are unsubstantiated and use of these oils is discouraged.

Gluten-free diets in people without gluten-related diseases are based on unsubstantiated claims of health benefits.


For more information:

Mayo Clinic -
Heart Healthy Diet

American Heart Association
Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

Cleveland Clinic
Heart Healthy Diet


Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES is the principal of Associates for Health Education and Behavior, LLC, in Sparta, a practice focused on improving health through education. Her office offers individual and group health education, and individual health behavior change guidance.  For more information please see  To contact Dr. Hayden, email her

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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