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Experts warn 'clean eating' could be putting your bones at risk

Clean-eating is a recipe for osteoporosis, warn experts Dairy-free trend 'bad for bone health' in later life, charity warns
Cris De Lacerda | 12 Abril, 2017, 20:25

Charity adviser Professor Susan Lanham-New told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It really is a ticking time bomb".

Up to three million young adults are putting themselves at risk of osteoporosis in later life by following the fashionable but restrictive regimes, which are endorsed by celebrities and social media stars, said the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS).

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But the charity said many of those following the trends had no idea that cutting out major food groups could jeopardise their long-term health, with bones still developing in early adulthood. Health expert Liz Earle, who is leading a campaign to raise awareness of the risks of fad diets, said that there was less pressure around food in previous generations.

She said: "When I was growing up, my meals weren't photographed and shared on social media".

In the case of dairy, the consequences are significant too.

"If you have a prolonged time of low calcium intake that would put you at risk of osteoporotic fractures in later life and stress fractures in earlier life". As well as calcium, a glass of milk also offers a good source of protein, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B12, which could help to fight against the onset of dementia.

"Without urgent action being taken to encourage young adults to incorporate all food groups into their diets and avoid particular "clean eating" regimes, we are facing a future where broken bones will become just hte norm", Lanham-New said.

At the moment, half of all women over the age of 50 and one in five men develop osteoporosis, a fragile bone condition that causes painful fractures of the hip, wrist and spine.

However, their website says: "If you don't eat dairy products, you will need to include lots of other calcium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, sesame seeds, dried fruit, pulses, fortified soya drinks and soya protein (tofu) in your diet".

A spokeswoman from the British Nutrition Foundation said: "While it's not necessarily unsafe to cut out dairy from your diet it's important to ensure you get enough calcium from other sources".