Many people do not understand what a clean diet is.

Eating clean can have a positive impact on health through healthier eating. However, this notion should be avoided as a psychological burden.


Waking up at 7am As usual, L.Q.T. (24 years old, media worker, resident of Dong Da, Hanoi), drinks a full glass of water before breakfast along with a bowl of oatmeal-soaked yogurt prepared the night before.

T. also uses the chicken breast in the freezer of the refrigerator to prepare the boiled lunch.

These dishes have been accompanying T. for almost a month. T. said that he was very happy when he lost up to 4 kg after just 3 weeks of following the “clean eating” advice. However, T. began to feel “afraid” to eat and became depressed whenever rice water was prepared.

According to Assoc. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Thi Nhung, Dean of the Department of School and Occupational Nutrition at the National Institute of Nutrition, people are misunderstanding and applying the “clean eating” diet.

“Eating clean means ‘eating clean’, choosing clean foods, not contaminated or harmful to health, and at the same time maintaining a nutritional balance,” says this expert.

However, there are many people who do not choose foods according to these principles. Instead, some cases even only drink fruit juice, others only eat meat and vegetables to lose weight and burn fat.

PGS Nhung believes that removing too many carbohydrates (starch, sugar) from the diet can have serious consequences for the body.

The Dean of Occupational and School Nutrition cited a 2018 Lancet study that found that with a diet reduced by up to 40% carbohydrates (i.e. less than 200g of rice/day), people following it have a higher risk of illness. disease up to 40% more morbidity and mortality.

Additionally, those who cut carbs also experienced dizziness, interrupted sleep, and increased stress.


Coach Ho Khanh Thien (Hanoi) said that from a scientific perspective, “clean eating” is not a specific diet.

“Clean eating is not ‘good’, even wrong if we think ‘clean’ eating is clean, losing weight is good while ‘clean’ food is dirty and not good,” said coach Khanh Thien.

On the other hand, warns this expert, the obsession with “clean eating” can even become a form of disease called “eating disorder.”

This phenomenon is common in professional athletes at the end of a competitive race. These people may experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or overeating when they return to eating and drinking normally.

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