Diets Decoded: 6 Popular Diets Explained by Expert Chefs And Restaurateurs

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Diets Decoded: 6 Popular Diets Explained by Expert Chefs And Restaurateurs

With all the different diets out there—keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, organic, dairy-free—it can be hard to navigate the trendy buzzwords, organic labels, and plant-based promises.

At Fitt, we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of the healthy foods scene, but admittedly, we’re not dieticians.

Instead of playing the part, we reached out to some legit experts who have a passion for preparing these diet-specific foods. Here are the facts — straight from the source.

  • Ketogenic, Paleo, and Whole30 Diets

    Image via Springbone Kitchen Instagram

    No, the Ketogenic Diet (popularly styled “Keto”), the Paleo Diet, and Whole30 aren’t the same, but you’ll find that if you’re trying to do one, you’re actually pretty close to doing them all. Springbone Kitchen’s Jordan Feldman dishes the details.

  • Vegan & Meat-Free Butcher Shops

    image via Neobrand | Unsplash

    Thanks to the internet, veganism is currently having its moment. From documentaries like Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives to news about vegans protesting meat-serving restaurants to celebrities like Brad Pitt and Beyoncé touting the benefits, it seems like everyone (including Minneapolis all-vegan butcher, The Herbivorous Butcher) is talking about the plant-based diet.

  • Vegetarian and Raw Foods

    Image via Mattew Kenney | Instagram

    What was once typecast as a diet for hippies has become mainstream — it’s as if we’ve just discovered nature’s bounty and need to tell the world. It’s not just you either. According to a recent study by the California Walnut Board, 83% of Americans are open to making meatless dishes. Is it finally time to make mom (or plant-based chef Matthew Kenney) happy and eat your veggies?

  • Gluten-Free

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    It’s an irrefutable fact that you know a friend, a co-worker, or you yourself have at least dabbled with being gluten-free. It’s everywhere, from your supermarkets to those little ‘GF’ symbols on the menus of restaurants. But do you know why gluten is even considered bad for you? Jennifer Peters of Denver, CO’s Just BE Kitchen makes it simple.

  • Organic, Non-GMO

    Image via Townhall

    We’ve all heard the term “you are what you eat”, and no surprise here, it’s actually true. That’s why it’s also no surprise that once the internet became a thing, people woke up. They were so personally interested in learning about the crazy amounts of pesticides being sprayed on our produce and the harmful effects of genetically-modified foods that the words ‘non-GMO’ and ‘Organic’ became very important labels. Kayla Barnes, spokesperson for Cleveland-based restaurant TownHall explains just how important.

  • Dairy-Free

    Image via Kokos | Instagram

    Remember those “Milk, it does a body good” commercials in the ’80s? Well, plot twist: dairy isn’t very good for a lot of bodies out there. For those who are lactose intolerant (about 75% of the world’s population is), it can cause some pretty negative consequences. That’s one of the reasons Sam Brooker and Jerusa van Lith created the Nashville-based vegan ice cream company KOKOS.