Here’s the summary of our Facebook series this month on fad foods with over exaggerated health benefits and minimal to no scientific data to back up said health benefits.

  • Fadfood #1: Apple cider vinegar. Drinking apple cider vinegar straight could be harmful for the tooth enamel and the oesophagus because it is highly acidic! And there is no magic potion you could sip on in the hopes to lose weight.

  • Fadfood #2: Teas which claim to have ‘slimming’ effects. Stop sipping a tea whose taste you loathe only in the hopes that it would magically ‘melt’ your fat off. Fat stores won’t mobilize if your body doesn’t move.

  • Fadfood #3: Hot water with lemon. Jeesh! What an urban myth! In the hot Mumbai weather, the last thing you need is a hot glass of water to start your day with. But you’d do it anyway only because someone used the words ‘fat melting.’

  • ‪‎Fad‬ food #4: Artificial sweeteners I know you feel good about yourself and you think you’re being ‘healthy’ by opting for these to go with your coffee and even desserts, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Be real, nothing artificial and fake in your diet or life.

  • Fadfood #5: Fat burning pills. I am confident that after this post, I will receive several messages asking about where said pills can be procured because we love hocus pocus marketing SO much!
  • Fadfood #6: More pills! “It’s a scandal which keys into something that we all would love to have – a simple remedy that frees us of our sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that it could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”-Edzard Ernst
  • Fad non-food #7: Machines that claim you don’t have to do anything. You’re sold at the idea that some external movement that the machine does to your tummy will shake up the fat stores inside of you and magically evaporate them. Intelligent indeed.