Clean eating is one of the most important ingredients in the diet. Variations on the diet may also exclude gluten, grains, and dairy products and the consumption of raw food. Ella Mills, Natasha Corrett, and the Hemsley sisters; More by Mills and the Hemsley sisters had distanced themselves from the phrase and said they never used it.
The idea of clean eating has been criticized as lacking scientific evidence for its claims, and in extreme cases. It has been claimed that it has been modified to prevent illness and to provide a better diet. Other criticisms have said various diseases are linked to clean eating, such as osteoporosis and “orthorexia nervosa”. Other health risks include food poisoning and diseases from parasites.
Clean eating can cause an increase in the risk of osteoporosis due to a lack of calcium. In April 2017, The Telegraph reported that the National Osteoporosis Society in Britain had described it as “a ticking timebomb that could leave young people with weak bones” due to their diet. In 2017 it was the subject of a BBC documentary titled Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth.
Orthorexia nervosa is believed to be a condition in which one is obsessed with healthy eating. Someone with orthorexia nervosa may suffer from an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and may show signs of malnutrition or anorexia.
* Bee Wilson, “Why We Fell For Clean Eating” in The Guardian (11 August 2017)