Dangerous Food Trends in Social Media

We tend to follow food trends we find in our social media feeds but what we don’t know is that some of them are actually very dangerous. Take a look at the most dangerous food trends!

#14. Colored Food

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Many websites are predicting that we all soon will all be eating colored food, it seem like colored food is going to be ‘in thing’ for a long time. But is colored food a hazard? Well, the evidence seems to indicate that it may be if chemical food colorings are used.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA has reduced the number of approved food colorings from 80 to 7. Many of them have been taken off the list due to scientific research indicating that the colors may cause intestinal tumors, hyperactivity, cancer, anxiety and migraines.

The best alternative is to use natural ingredients to color the food e.g squid ink to make food a black color but if you don’t try to find out where the food coloring came from, and if it’s made from a chemical, consume it in moderation.

#13. Avocado

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A lot of instagrammers are going overboard with avocado. If you take a look at their salads, grain bowls and other healthy dishes on Instagram you’ll notice people are eating a lot of avocado. Even though avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, an entire medium avocado contains 250 calories and 23g fat. So next time you fancy an avocado keep your serving size to a quarter of a medium which would only  be 60 calories and 6g of fat.

#12. Raw water

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There was a game called The Oregon Trail many people used to play in school, in which your little family of travelers would randomly get sick and die from a disease. Well, it wasn’t just a game, people did get sick and die on the trail, suffering from horrible illnesses and deadly diarrhea that got from drinking raw water. Nowadays people follow a trend of “natural food” by drinking raw water, this “raw water” is not at all clean it’s dirty, unfiltered and contaminated with all sorts of things. What people don´t know is that “raw water” causes about 502,000 deaths a year. So let’s think a little bit, a lot of people are killed every year because they don’t have access to water filtered and now is trendy to drink “raw water”, isn’t that insane?

#11. Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal is not only used to turn food a cool goth-black but also for some of its health benefits. Charcoal could detox the body and that’s why it’s used to filter water and remove impurities that can make you sick. But here is the catch! Our bodies detox themselves and what activated charcoal is only going to do is to absorb what’s in our digestive systems. That includes vitamins, nutrients and prescription medications. This trend is also been linked to causing all kinds of gastrointestinal distress and if by any chance you breathe it in it’s possible that it damages your lungs. So, is the goth-black food worth it now?

#10. Juice Cleanses


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The first time you read about juice cleanses it may seem like a good idea but when you gather more information about it you find out they´re not. US News Health called them “Health Hocus Pocus”. That’s because when you feed your body only juices you are forcing it to function on a calorie count way below what you actually need and you are not eating the protein you should be. When your body don´t get a daily dose of protein it starts trying to find it elsewhere by destroying muscle tissue. By going into this “starvation mode” your metabolism slows and makes it harder to burn fat. If you follow this trend you are only sabotaging yourself!

#9. Cinnamon

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Are you a cinnamon lover? Isn’t it just delicious? If you think so, you would love what the CNN just said: you could be getting some medical benefits from it! Cinnamon has been a part of Ayurveda medicine for centuries and it might help manage your cholesterol and fight diabetes, that’s why many people are adding it in every meal they can.

But not so fast! there’s a catch: not every type of cinnamon have the  health benefits at least not the cheap stuff we get at the store. EU research found that high doses of cinnamon could cause liver damage so it’s recommended no more than a teaspoon a day for the average adult. You are thinking about limiting your cinnamon-roll intake, aren’t you?

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#8. Flowers

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How incredibly pretty are desserts decorated with edible flowers! But recently, botanist James Wong noticed that in a lot of these desserts there weren’t edible flowers but downright dangerous. He wrote a piece for The Guardian warning about the dangers of not using truly edible flowers for the finishing touches on food. When he did a quick search for edible flowers, he found cakes using narcissi, which are pretty but cause sores, swelling, and rashes. He found a smoothie decorated with a catharanthus (a toxic flower containing chemicals used in chemotherapy), pudding with lantana flowers (which can cause liver failure), and rhododendrons (which are terribly toxic). Wong stresses that people should know what pretty flowers are perfectly edible and which ones aren’t.

#7. Coconut Oil

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We sometimes get overwhelmed by the wide variety of cooking oil options. Vegetable, olive and sunflower oil aside it’s coconut oil the new healthy trend!But don’t switch everything over coconut oil until you finish reading.

In 2017, the American Heart Association (via USA Today) revealed that coconut oil: it’s worse than butter, beef fat, and pork lard… by a lot. Coconut oil contains about 82 percent saturated fat, that kind of stuff is been linked to things like high cholesterol and heart disease. Priya Tew a spokesperson from British Dietetic Association said that a responsible diet means no more than 20g of saturated fat a day and that amount is filled by two tablespoons of coconut oil. Isn’t that insane?

#6. Going Gluten-free

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A portion of the population’s eating habits are being restricted by celiac disease and that’s turned into gluten being blamed from many other things for example, causing autism. Because of this, the move to going gluten-free is incredibly trendy. But if you go gluten free without being diagnosed as having a medical reason to o so, you will face some serious deficiencies. Gluten is one of the main sources of fiber, tons of vitamins and nutrients and a B9 deficiency is particularly dangerous for woman who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Columbia University Medical Centre’s Benjamin Lebwohl (via Science Alert) goes a step further, saying his studies suggest a low-gluten diet could be linked to an increased risk of heart disease. 

#5. Clean Eating

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People tend to think that not eating processed foods makes you healthier and happier but expert say that clean eating is something very different in reality. In 2016, a nutritionist warned that clean eating starts off innocently and it  can spiral out of control into an obsession leading to orthorexia nervosa.

In 2017, Dr. Max Pemberton wrote an open letter in which he describes the dangers of clean eating. Restricting diet so much had left many of his patients suffering from things like reproductive troubles, osteoporosis, and even depressed circulatory systems that made them vulnerable to heart attacks. He suggests people to listen more to medical professionals rather than bloggers and celebrities.

#4. Liquid Nitrogen

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Everybody forgets that using liquid nitrogen is dangerous because it isn’t a new thing. Liquid nitrogen caused many accidents during the years, for instance in 2017 the Pensacola Interstate Fair was serving up a liquid nitrogen-treated dessert called Dragon’s breath when it burned at least one girl when she touched it and sent her to the ER for some emergency surgery. But it wasn’t all back in 2012 a 18-year-old drank a cocktail prepared with liquid nitrogen and suffered a reaction that led to the removal of her stomach. Peter Barham, a professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Physics, later explained that liquid nitrogen is around -320 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can do some serious damage.

#3. Drinking Too Much Water

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Drinking too much water is as dangerous as not getting enough. Harvard Health says that you want to think about drinking  four to six standard glasses of water a day but in order not to over-hydrate you shouldn’t forget about foods like watermelon, fruits and many vegetables their high water content means they count, too. I bet this is something you didn’t know! It can overwhelm your kidneys and lead water to get pushed into your body’s cells that causes swelling and sometimes even death.It’s called exercise-associated hyponatremia, because it usually happens when athletes overcompensate and drink too much. Some of the sympthoms are dizziness, nausea and weight gain while you’re exercising. A good advice is to stop controling your daily intake and drink only when you are thirsty!

#2. Home-brewed Kombucha

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Kombucha is known to be a cure-all for conditions and ailments ranging from high blood pressure and arthritis to cancer but be careful! According to the National Capital Poison Center, homemade kombucha might be a serious risk.

There is a chance the brew will turn toxic as a result of the process used to make home-brew kombucha. It can easily become contaminated because it’s highly acidic and it can eat away whatever container it’s been fermented. The poison center says there have been reports of lead poisoning and hepatitis stemming from home brews, and people have developed conditions like inflamed heart muscles, cardiac arrest, and severe muscle weakness. This brew has been linked to at least one death so next time you want to make some homemade kombucha think: is it worth the risk?

#1. Non-dairy Milks

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Nowadays there are all kinds of non-dairy milks in our grocery store, almond milk, soy milk ,coconut milk… and we can’t deny that some of them are pretty tasty. However, not everything is a bed of roses there are consequences on replacing regular milk with non-dairy milk. Dairy-free milks are missing an important nutrient: iodine. Dairy products are a major dietary source of it and iodine deficiencies can lead to thyroid problems and in pregnant women, it’s been linked to low IQ-scores in their children. There are other dangers found, especially in kids.  A study done at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has shown that 3-year-olds who drank only non-dairy milks were an average about half an inch shorter than their dairy milk-drinking peers.