Tarantula Extract to Weight Watchers: Dissecting Fad Diets

Apr 14, 2015

There was the cabbage soup diet and the grapefruit diet, and more recently the paleo and gluten-free diets. Whatever way you slice it, most “fad diets” are just that: fads. 

We need to quit telling them what to eat and teach them how to eat. - Sue Clarahan

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with three dieticians about fad diets over the years and how diet trends shape our thinking about nutrition. Joann Miller, University of Iowa Student Health and Wellness Dietician; Anne Cundiff, Registered Dietician at HyVee; and Sue Clarahan, Registered Dietician in Iowa City with her own nutrition consulting practice join the show.

Clarahan says diet is about sustainable health. 

“We’re taking away that internal wisdom of people by trying to tell them how they’re supposed to eat or what they’re supposed to eat,” she says. “We need to quit telling them what to eat and teach them how to eat.”

There are many free online resources available for those looking to change their eating habits, according to Cundiff.  

"It all goes back to food tasting good and being healthy. I've tried some of the paleo products, and they don't taste good."