Every year brings with it new fads in diet and exercise, that capture the attention of the general public and eventually become widespread practices. 2015 is no different. Here are some of the strangest health-related trends of 2015:
Invented by entrepreneur Dave Asprey in 2009, the recipe for bulletproof coffee includes two tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1-2 tablespoons of medium chain triglyceride oil, blended into a hot cup of coffee. Proponents say it provides all day energy, but detractors say that at 450 calories or more and containing plenty of saturated fat, it’s an unhealthy drink that should not be used as an alternative for a proper breakfast.
This trend is exactly what it sounds like: crickets crushed into a flour-like powder. Cricket flour is popping up in protein bars and desserts. Crickets are full of iron, B12, protein and calcium, and scientists regard them as a healthy food. They’re also potentially a food source for populations where food is scarce – Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, says “Potential advantages are that it has a higher content of protein than other animal sources and is more environmentally friendly by being more sustainable. In terms of sustainability, it has potential to help developing populations around the world increase their protein intake from a ready source.”
Full of good cholesterol, antimicrobials and antioxidants, people are using coconut oil for oil pulling, as a makeup remover, in smoothies, and yes – even in coffee. The general scientific consensus is that more work needs to be done before coconut oil can be declared a “superfood.”
Made by boiling chicken, beef or fish bones until they break down, making bone broth can take up to 48 hours (although some canny suppliers have started selling it pre-made.) Its benefits are believed to include reduced inflammation, shinier hair and better digestion. Scientists say it’s healthy and hydrating, but probably isn’t a miracle cure like some proponents claim it is – for now, enjoy bone broth as a healthy snack and don’t expect the world.
Some of these trends may be out of favor by 2016, while others have the potential to stick around for a long time (in paleo dieting circles, coconut oil has already been a big deal for almost a decade.) It can’t hurt to try one of these new fads – just stay rational and don’t be lured in by promises of miracles.
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