One Diet May Not Work For All - Here’s Why
Posted on 08 September 2017
We have heard about them all - the Ketogenic diet, Veganism, Raw foodist, Dr. Sebi and list continues to grow with each passing day. While these diets promise a lot, they often fail to deliver. Wondering why? Unfortunately, these cookie cutter diets don’t come with the tag “one size fits all”. In other words, a diet may work for one person, but it may not work for someone else.
"There is an overgeneralization of health benefits or risks tied to certain diets," said William Barrington, Ph.D. and a researcher from North Carolina State University. Discussing a study he conducted in the laboratory of David Threadgill, Ph.D. at Texas A&M University he stated, "Our study showed that the impact of the diet is likely dependent on the genetic composition of the individual eating the diet, meaning that different individuals have different optimal diets."
Considering the many studies that have been conducted in the fields of genetics, nutrition, epigenetics, and latest scientist discoveries in alternative medicine therapies – all clinical trials suggest that something that works on one individual might not work on another. Whilst applying this common knowledge that has been acquired through hundreds of years of testing, it is important to note that cookie cutter diets don’t cover needs of all individuals and fail to contribute towards curing conditions that a particular individual may have.
A cookie cutter diet may not be the solution to your condition. If you’re still not convinced, we need you to consider the following cases:
Diabetic following the raw foodist diet
It is common knowledge that a diabetic is required to reduce his sugar intake and to follow a diet that remains low on sugar. Keeping this information in mind, a diabetic following the raw foodist diet which focuses on eating only raw fruits will add to his illness and may be fatal. Therefore, the raw foodist diet is not something a diabetic should consider, proving that not all diets are designed keeping everyone’s conditions in mind.
An individual with Parkinson’s disease following a vegetarian diet
Modern research indicates that the Parkinson’s begins developing in the gut and not the brain. Keeping this information in mind, an individual with Parkinson’s is advised to improve the health of their gut. This can be done by preventing auto-inflammation by stirring clear of fermented soy products and by increasing intake of magnesium.
However, if this individual decides to follow a vegetarian diet and decides to sit around and eat tofu along with ounces of soy sauce, he is prone to worsening the disease and can be at the risk of dying.
Paleo diet can do more harm than good
Paleo diet focuses on reducing the intake of refined sugars, grains and legumes that our bodies are not well suited for, but we continue to enjoy. While the Paleo Diet has proven to be very effective in most cases, there have been instances where the diet has done more damage than good.
Lead author, Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos identified that the Paleo Diet could prove to be very risky in certain cases. He expressed, “Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are becoming more popular, but there is no scientific evidence that these diets work.”
He added, “In fact, if you put an inactive individual on this type of diet, the chances are that person will gain weight,” warned Professor Andrikopoulos who is President of the Australian Diabetes Society. There is a very important public health message here. You need to be very careful with fad diets, always seek professional advice for weight management and always aim for diets backed by evidence.
One diet may not work for all. While most diets promise to help you become a healthier version of yourself, it is important to note that most of them are supported with very little research and data. They can even have fatal effects on people with certain conditions. Choosing a cookie cutter diet is never the solution when it comes to treating a condition. While a diet may help you in one area of your overall nutrition intake, on the flip-side it can possibly contribute towards worsening an already existing condition. As most individuals have very different dietary needs to support the functioning of their body and their metabolism reacts very different to certain food products. This is why it becomes essential that you learn about the needs of your body and maintain an intake of foods that best support your body’s unique needs instead of investing in a cookie cutter diet.