Consider the vegan diet: Vegetables. Fruits. Whole grains. Sounds super healthy. But not eating animal products doesn’t necessarily mean eating nutritiously. The Los Angeles Times profiled a vegan woman (and her fish-eating boyfriend) to see what they could do to up the nutrition value of their mostly processed vegan diet.
They learned to read the labels on foods they buy for actual nutrition facts, rather than just checking to see if they contain animal products. (In meat or dairy substitute products, you might be getting a taste similar to the real thing, but you’re missing all the nutrients.) They also learned to plan meals that mix complex carbs with protein — a deficient nutrient in many vegan diets.
We can think of a few other diets that seem healthy, but aren’t necessarily so good for you. Zone or Atkins, anyone?