Dairy-free so-called 'clean eating' could be putting your health at risk

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Young dieters following so-called ‘clean eating’ regimes that cut out dairy produce face developing osteoporosis in later life, a charity has warned.

A National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) survey found four in 10 young adults have tried the fashionable diets that often involve avoiding dairy, gluten, grain and sugar, while more than fifth had severely restricted their intake of milk and cheese.

Fuelled by social media, the clean eating trend has surged in popularity in recent years, with some advocates achieving celebrity status with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Charity adviser Professor Susan Lanham-New told the Daily Telegraph: ‘By the time we get into our late twenties it is too late to reverse the damage caused by nutrient deficiencies.

‘Without urgent action being taken to encourage young adults to incorporate all food groups into their diets and avoid clean eating regimes, we are facing a future where broken bones will become the norm.

Dairy foods are a source of calcium, an essential nutrient for the health and strength of bones.

The NOS campaign, A Message to My Younger Self, is being supported by nutrition expert and skincare guru Liz Earle.

She said: ‘When I was growing up, my meals weren’t photographed and shared on social media.

‘Real cows’ milk really is the solution – it is incredibly nutritious and a vital source of calcium – just a single glass of it delivers over a third of our calcium needs, our complete vitamin B12 needs and is an easily absorbed protein source.’ However, the Vegan Society said: ‘Any diet, vegan or non-vegan, could be lacking in nutrients if they are not adequately planned.

‘Other sources include kale, pak choi, okra, spring greens, dried figs, chia seeds and almonds.’

Author: Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk

Source: metro.co.uk

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