Don't Listen to the Food Bloggers

By Gary Cutlack on at

The food bloggers and their eating trends of the week risk damaging the health of the nation, according to a charity concerned with the development of healthy bones.

The National Osteoporosis Society says that the trend for chopping out dairy because someone on Instagram says so could lead to poor bone development and a return to the rickety old legs of the olden days, a problem exacerbated due to the way most bone development occurs in the young.

The NOS says that it thinks around 40 per cent of people between 18 and 24 have tried a variation of some sort of "clean" diet that chops out the dairy, which means they're potentially missing out on necessary calcium. Unless they secretly binge-eat loads of broccoli. Which is unlikely.

The BBC spoke to nutritional science expert Professor Susan Lanham-New about the issue, and she said of today's push into chopping out the cheese: "There's nothing wrong with the concept, but I think there is very much a focus for young people to cut out dairy. Social media is rife with people who are talking, quite frankly, about subjects where they don’t know what they're talking about." [BBC]

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