Monodiet Disaster

September 5, 2014


There is something simply elegant about a bowlful of fruit. Artists all paint a portrait of it at least once. Anyone in a high school art class has to as well. Fruit also makes wonderful decoration on a dinner table.

But what about in the practical sense with a meal: fruit and vegetables are good for the body, but is an all-day binge on one particular food item good for your health? The popular social-media site Instagram has unwittingly created a trendy new diet that may actually be harming you.

The Concept

The idea behind a mono diet is that a person consumes one specific food item – usually a fruit or vegetable – for every meal over the course of a day.

By spending an entire day devoted to consuming an individual food group, a person will be able to consume all the necessary nutrients a body is supposed to throughout the week.

The problem behind this is that the body needs nutrients from every food group in order to function properly on any given day. By combining nutrients from different resources, the body actually combines the effects for greater benefit.

But boy do those pictures look good. One of the main proponents of a mono diet is posting your beautifully organic meals to Instagram. A big reason this diet is catching on is because the only thing more elegant than a bowl of fruit is eating that bowl of fruit and telling everyone about it.

But it’s Dangerous

Doctors were quick to start responding to the popularity of a mono diet. Dietitians agree that while it is a good idea to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet, specific food intake of that nature will actually end up crippling your metabolism, making it harder to lose weight in the future.

One Comment

  1. La Neige d'Antan

    June 15, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Why are you calling it a “disaster” if clearly you haven’t tried it?
    I’ve been doing this for the past 25 years – usually with ice cream, no less – and it hasn’t harmed me.

    Just because people – and that includes me – don’t know HOW it works it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.

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