WE’VE ALL HAD it drummed into our heads for as long as we can remember: Processed foods are bad for you and whole, natural ones are good.
Yet for some reason, “clean eating”—it’s really as simple as that—has recently become a trend. Frankly, calling it a “trend,” a word that implies temporary interest, is probably doing more harm than good, because if there’s one eating philosophy you’ll want to stick with for the rest of your life, clean eating is it. And the benefits extend far beyond mere weight loss.
Nonetheless, we’ll consider it a good thing that clean eating is finally getting the attention it deserves. So with the help of some new encouraging research, let’s review how eating clean can help you become a leaner, stronger, and even happier person in 2015 and beyond.
As with most nutrition trends, a key reason clean eating is gaining steam right now is because of its potential to help you lose weight. Fortunately, research supports this. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that subjects who increased their consumption of whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables over a 20-year span gained significantly less weight than a control group.