We’re going to revive an old feature from our blog called YOSA (Yay or Step Away). We’ll go over 10 nutritional trends and let you know whether they are what they have been hyped up to be—or something to avoid!
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
Apple cider vinegar, in its liquid form, has plenty of proven positive nutritional benefits: It can improve blood sugar, reduce your weight, and more. But there haven’t been any studies on whether this benefit translates over to a gummy (that hasn’t been done by a company selling them), and it has been found that the liquid has benefits over taking ACV in pill form.
Verdict: Don’t ditch the liquid, but until there’s more solid research on these gummies, step away.
There are plenty of options for plant-based yogurt now: Cashew yogurts, coconut yogurts, almond milk yogurts, you name it. The biggest difference with a plant-based yogurt compared to a dairy yogurt is protein. If you do go with the plant-based yogurt, you may want to add toppings to pump up the protein levels.
Verdict: Yay, as long as you don’t mind the lower protein levels or supplement it a bit.
There’s an abundance of probiotics out there, but we’re starting to see more about prebiotics, a culture that helps feed your probiotics. They nourish the good bacteria in your gut. In high doses these can cause some GI distress.
Verdict: Yay, just watch your intake.
People love this for the creaminess and taste. It is higher fiber than other non-dairy milks, but it also comes with higher carbs and higher calories. It can also cause issues with people who have issues with gluten. It can have beneficial effects on your LDL cholesterol.
Verdict: Step away.
We have always been pro-CBD for sleep, anxiety, and more. CBD does not need to be in everything, because it makes it difficult to know how much you are getting or how effective it is. Look for broad spectrum CBD.
This is for people who don’t have an addictive/abusive relationship with alcohol but are considering cutting back due to health or lifestyle reasons. There’s always room for making space to examine your relationship with alcohol.
There isn’t a lot of research about this, but testimonials are everywhere. There are some trends that are so new, the science just hasn’t managed to catch up to them yet. It shouldn’t be dismissed immediately. If you’re prone to kidney stones you shouldn’t drink celery juice, but otherwise there isn’t any harm in it.
Verdict: It may not live up to the hype, but yay!
Monk Fruit and Swerve Sweeteners
We’re seeing a lot of new sweeteners pop up lately, and they seem to be better than the old sugar alternatives we’ve been used to. Any sweetener should be limited, but these do taste great, even if they have a little of that “not quite sugar” feel to them.
There is a lot of impressive research on this, but if you’re not careful, it can leave you binging and not feeling great. We’re going to dive into this deeper later.
Verdict: Yay, but be smart about it.
Just because something doesn’t have meat doesn’t mean that what they’ve replaced it with is healthy.
Verdict: Stay away.
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