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Paleo, keto, fasting, Whole 30: Why food tribes are on the rise
By Sophie Egan, Washington Post
Does it seem like suddenly everyone you know is identifying as Paleo, giving keto a whirl, or suffering through Whole 30? Well, it’s not your imagination.
Compared with this time last year, the percentage of American adults following a specific diet protocol more than doubled, from 14 percent to 36 percent. In other words: Food tribes are on the rise. That’s one of the most surprising findings of the annual Food & Health Survey released today by the International Food Information Council Foundation.
The most popular dozen diets were, in descending order: intermittent fasting, Paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, Mediterranean, Whole 30, high-protein, vegetarian/vegan, weight-loss plan, cleanse, DASH and ketogenic/high-fat. Taken alone, each of these diet dogmas snatches up only 3 to 10 percent of the population. (Respondents — of which there were more than 1,000, in a weighted national sample polled online in March — could choose more than one.) But altogether, about 16 percent were eating low-carb in some way. And the reason seems to stem from evolving perceptions of what causes weight gain.
Of those following a certain creed over the past year, weight-related motivators were at the top of the list. Those surveyed considered sugar the top calorie-related culprit of weight gain, followed by carbohydrates, cited by 25 percent of respondents — up 5 percentage points compared with 2017, and a record for the 13-year survey.
Admittedly, a methodological asterisk is at play: Last year, participants were given an open text box rather than specific diets to choose from. But according to the foundation, the spike was probably caused by more substantive undercurrents. In the quest for optimal health and weight, what is driving more Americans to follow specific diet regimens?
Eight in 10 respondents agreed with the statement, “There is a lot of conflicting information about what foods I should eat or avoid,” which 59 percent said made them doubt their choices. This may lead consumers toward a desire for simplified nutrition messaging, said Lewin- Zwerdling. Instead of the stress and decision fatigue that plagues many shoppers, your grocery list becomes laser-focused. As in: skip the bakery section, or just find all the Paleo stuff.
Widespread confusion may also help explain why intermittent fasting was the most popular mode of consumption, at 10 percent. It offers the ultimate simplicity. People appear to be drawn to the control and structure it provides, in addition to its straightforward tenets: Eat. Then don’t eat. Like a faucet, you just turn it on and off. Everything else gets to stay the same.
So while an array of newish dietary doctrines may draw some of us into distinct food tribes, what’s capturing the greatest attention is old-fashioned abstinence — surely a familiar concept from American history. You know what else the survey revealed about our food choices? Almost nothing beats the familiar.
Infographic of survey results. https://www.foodinsight.org/sites/d...fographic-2.jpg
This Food Insight organization had a recent article/interview with their RD, who labeled every one of the low-carb diets as a "fad diet". Happy that 16% are not listening to her
Jason Fung tweeted this yesterday with the bolded highlight, DietDoctor added it this morning with links to Dr Fung's video course. https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-surv...t-popular-diets
Last edited by JEY100 : Fri, May-18-18 at 10:45.