Is 'Clean Eating' Good for You? Not Really. | Outside Online

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The flexibility of what constitutes clean eating can lead adherents down a path of increasing restriction. The diet promises to be the cure for all kinds of ailments: fatigue, bloating, acne, weight gain, and even some chronic illnesses. If someone adopts of a couple of rules (like cutting out sugar and processed carbs) and doesn’t see benefits, it’s likely they’ll keep adding rules and cutting out foods until they do. “It’s a slippery slope—you want to eat healthier, but there’s really no end goal for clean eating, no way to know you’re doing a good job with it,” says Heather Caplan, a registered dietitian, distance runner, and former running coach.

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