There is no shortage of fad diets out there that are exhausting to stick to—and don’t usually last long before that cheat meal unfortunately turns into a cheat week. We’ve all heard of the trendy elimination diets that take away specific groups of food, like Paleo and vegan. But it looks like another elimination diet has begun to trend and they’re calling it the FAILSAFE diet. Failsafe is an acronym that stands for Free of Additives, Low in Salicylates, Amines and Flavour Enhancers. Similar to Paleo, the Failsafe diets intention is to remove any kind of processed food in our diets and incorporate only whole, natural food. The difference between the two? Failsafe also removes a large number of fruits and vegetables. Say what?!
But wait. Before you go throwing out everything in your kitchen, you should know some things. While cutting out additives, preservatives, and anything processed with artificial colors and flavors is a perfectly good idea for a diet in which you’re looking to drop the pounds, the other exclusions are a little more difficult to approve. Salicylates, glutamates, and amines are natural components also found in wholesome, healthy foods like tomatoes, whole grains, fish, broccoli, avocado and bananas.
Why would we be avoiding these foods that we’ve so often been told are good for us? The thought behind this failsafe madness is that people are unaware that they’re actually allergic to these compounds…and by removing them from their diets, they can improve their health and help figure out why specific food gives them that icky feeling. (It’s a little similar to Whole30, the queen of delete-it-to-figure-out-what-it-does-to-you diets.)
This process of figuring out what makes a person’s body feel sickly or unhealthy is often a long and strenuous journey. While eliminating certain foods can definitely help in the process, these elimination diets are only meant to be a short-term trial for diagnosing the issue. Nutritionists will almost always refer back to the idea of extracting the fake junk food out of a diet and increasing the amount of wholesome ingredients.
All and all, our best advice would be to go and see a registered dietician to figure out your personal situation before jumping to any conclusions and cutting out perfectly good veggies and fruits. If you want to start intelligently losing weight today, check out these 10 Genius Tips to Lose 10 Pounds!