The best diet plan for Alopecia doesn’t have a name
The best diet plan does not have a brand name. It’s called balanced eating and it’s nothing new.
A diet plan that’s wildly popular in the autoimmune realm promotes loading up on animal products claiming they are “nutrient dense”. This diet plan also eliminates a ton of other plant foods, claiming that they cause inflammation. This kind of diet plan would leave you with a dangerously limited plant nutrients to counter all those negative effects of animal foods.
This diet protocol promotes animal foods that are so called “good quality” – grass fed, pasture raised, wild caught seafood. It also makes misleading claims that eating of organ meats is supposed to be healthy for you. While seemingly healthful foods like whole grains, beans and legumes, nightshade vegetables, and different types of fruits are harmful instead.
Misleading claims that animal products and organ meats are healthful
Grass fed or not, organic or not, fat from animal foods, especially red meat, interacts with heat when we cook it, creating compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). When meat is heated to high temperatures, compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCA) are formed. PAH and HCA have been recognised including by the WHO as human carcinogens.
When these exist in small amounts and you eat more plant foods rich in phytonutrients, you give your body the ability to counter the damages of HCA and PAH. But diet protocols that advocate for eating lots of animal products are downright misleading and irresponsible.
Many so-called health experts and health coaches also promote incorporating liver in your diet. Liver is any animal’s main detoxifying organ. Liver is NOT a healthy food. All toxins in an animal’s body accumulate in the liver to be processed. When you eat liver, you eat these toxins at a concentrated level.
Animal foods all contain animal hormones, high fat, and high cholesterol levels. Animal foods also contain no fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants – the nutrients that we all know are so important for a healthy body.
The problem with strict diets
The problem with strict elimination diet is that, it is not sustainable for the long term, and it cuts out a lot of foods by pinpointing a few elements that supposedly make them “inflammatory”.
However, in every single plant food, there are hundreds or thousands of phytonutrients. To this day, scientists have not even come close to identifying what MOST of these nutrients are. We know a few of them, but there are hundreds and thousands more than we don’t know. So who are we to say that certain plant foods are bad for you just because of one or two elements they contain?
For example, beans and legumes are extremely healthful. Beans and soy are also the staple in many blue zone diets. But beans need to be heated properly before consumption. So does chicken and other meat/animal products. That doesn’t make beans harmful. Do yourself a favour and really look up claims made by diet brands before you start following them.
Be careful of a diet that eliminates many wholesome foods – for example a diet that cuts out all grains, beans and legumes, and nightshade vegetables – that is a lot of diversity of healthy foods to remove from your diet.
This kind of diet is extremely limiting and may put you at risk of missing out on many beneficial nutrients, unless you are specifically allergic or sensitive to these foods. Keep in mind though that food allergies and sensitivities are not the cause, instead, they are just a symptom of an underlying inflammation.
In my opinion, this kind of strict diet should not be prescribed to children unless really justified, professionally supervised, and are only adopted for a short time. Children need a lot of nutrients to ensure healthy growth, and following this kind of diet, unless really necessary and for a very short period of time, is very risky.
I’ve also talked about misleading claims about nightshades and organic fruits and vegetables here.
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