Researchers reveal healthy diet with a difference
Many people will have tried a variety of diets, whether it’s the maple syrup diet or the cabbage soup version, in a bid to lose weight and become healthier.
Now the latest research suggests that diet which includes dirt – yes, dirt – could actually be good for you.
The study, which was published in the June issue of the Quarterly Review of Biology, human geophagy – the eating of earth – could offer protection for the stomach against toxins, parasites and pathogens.
“We hope this paper stimulates [more] research,” Sera Young, a researcher at Cornell University and her colleagues said. “More importantly, we hope readers agree that it is time to stop regarding geophagy as a bizarre, non-adaptive gustatory mistake.”
However, Gina Hemmings, a Pilates teacher and beauty therapist, recently advised that people who are trying to lose weight need to avoid fad diets and instead stick to an old fashioned, nutritionally-balanced diet.
She advised eating “balanced proper food” and taking regular exercise to lose weight.
Would you eat soil?