Healthy eating is a lifestyle. Health concerns are increasing as food intolerances are become more prevalent. More than ever, people are changing the way they eat by consuming foods they consider beneficial to their health. This has created a dictionary of words that are taking over aisles in food shops and appearing on menus. A simple decoding of four lifestyle diets can help to banish some confusion. #DTKeatswell

 

 

Vegan

Animal-free. A vegan diet includes foods that do not come from an animal. Meat and dairy are the two most common food groups that this diet avoids. Protein is usually sourced from plant-based foods, such as beans, lentils, and quinoa. Dairy products are replaced with cashew based “cheeses” and nut milks such as hemp, almond, and rice milks.

 

 

Gluten-Free 

Gluten is combined of two proteins (gliadin and glutenin) and is found in many grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley. When your immune systems react abnormally when attempting to digest it, It’s likely that you’re intolerance. While celiac disease describes the extreme case of gluten intolerance, some people suffer from digestive symptoms following the consumption of wheat/gluten. A gluten-free diet is exactly that – contains no glutenous ingredients.

 

 

Refined Sugar-Free

Processed sugar is a hidden ingredient added to many foods, especially pre-made snacks and non-perishable goods. This type of sugar has undergone a refining process, stripping it from its natural state, and as a result, also strips it of its nutrients. When living a refined sugar-free diet, sugars are strictly sourced from natural sources. Fruit, honey, and maple syrup are common staples for those following this diet.

 

 

Organic 

Organic foods are free from chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics. Consuming foods that are in their most natural and pure form is how this diet works. Not only is eating organic beneficial to the environment, It’s also conducive to a healthy body and mind.

 

 

This list is intended to help decode and demystify these lifestyles. It may seem intimidating at a glance due to how the food industry has influenced our eating habits by promoting an overconsumption of certain food groups that aren’t necessarily required for overall health. Although the above lifestyle diets aren’t for everyone, some follow them by choice and others due to health issues. Which ever the case, don’t shy away from understanding these lifestyles and why they work!

 

 

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