Fad diets ‘could lead to osteoporosis’

London: Here’s an advice for today’s women turning to strict food regime to stay trim – non-dairy or wheat-free fad diets everyday could put you at the risk of developing osteoporosis in later life, say experts.

A study has shown that nearly a third of women are so desperate to lose weight that they are cutting out entire food groups, some of which are rich sources of bone-strengthening calcium, ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.

In fact, the study, based on a poll of the eating habits of 4,500 British women, found that 30 per cent admitted to avoiding entire types of food when trying to stay slim.

Some 28 per cent of the respondents said they give up cheese and, for 11 per cent, all dairy products are taken off the menu. More than four in 10 (41 per cent) cut out bread, which, by law, is fortified with calcium.

More than a quarter of those surveyed (26 per cent) by supplement firm ellactiva said they only look at the fat and calorie content of food labels, ignoring all other information about their nutritional content, the poll found.

Failure to build strong bones by the age of 35 raises the risk of osteoporosis in later life, say the experts.


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