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Consumed: Health Food Fads

HuffPost Food & Drink’s series Consumed shines a light on Americans’ obsession with food, one topic at a time. April's theme is health food fads.

This month for Consumed, we’re deep-diving into the ever-changing world of health food fads. Every time Gwyneth Paltrow or an Instagram influencers tells us we should be eating bee pollen or a diet entirely composed of fruit, it’s important to examine those suggestions with a healthy dose of skepticism. That’s what we’ll be doing, taking a look at topics such as CBD in food, the best and worst nutrition bars out there, the validity of “wellness waters” and so much more. Come back all month as we publish new stories.

Welcome to the wacky world of historical diets, when people chugged gallons of milk and chewed all their food only to spit it out.
He swore off salt (then later accepted it), shunned meat and had a weakness for mangos. But Gandhi never pushed his diet agendas on anyone but himself.
Are services like Blue Apron helpful, or are they just a "half-assed version of cooking?"
Medical experts who treat body image issues explain why we shouldn’t blindly follow the eating habits of these (mostly) nonprofessionals.
Not only is it a steal at 99 cents per pound, but it’s also an unlikely nutrition powerhouse. Here's how to make it taste good.
Experts reveal whether so-called "wellness waters" are worth our money.
Medical experts who treat body image issues explain why we shouldn’t blindly follow the eating habits of these (mostly) nonprofessionals.
Nutritionists share the anatomy of a healthy concoction, and we've ... well, been doing it wrong.
Now that cannabidiol is decriminalized, it's like the Wild West out there in edibles. Here's how to be a smart consumer.
Nutritionists share their favorite brands to help you navigate an overcrowded market.
Hey, quinoa haters: This relationship can be repaired with just a few small adjustments.