It’s Just a FAD

Vivian Wu, Story Editor

  If I told you that all your major illnesses- cancer, autism, etc.- could be cured with one simple drink every single day, would you believe me?

  Of course not. That’s absurd, and yet that’s exactly what one woman in Canton, Ohio did. Jillian Mai Thi Epperly claimed that her miracle cabbage water would be able to cure major illnesses like cancer and autism according to Buzzfeed News. To many, this may seem outrageous and downright silly, a post on Facebook stuck between Grandma’s obligatory post about missing her grandchildren and a reposted lowres minion meme. But the cabbage water diet, named Jilly Juice, has garnered much media attention and thousands of Facebook followers since its creation, and like any other fad diet, it simply does not work nor is it backed up by any medical evidence.        

  Perhaps the fermented cabbage water is an extreme example of fad diets and health claims made by anonymous people on the internet, but it rings true to the epidemic of diets promised to change something major about our health. Whether it be weight loss or muscle gain, websites and magazines are flooded with diet plans designed to help vulnerable people meet their body goals within weeks. However harmless they may seem in the moment, though, fad diets are unsustainable and can quickly become unhealthy.

  Epperly’s Jilly Juice claimed her drink would cure cancer, but it also claimed the life of Bruce Wilmot, a 55 year old pancreatic cancer patient. Wilmot had stopped eating due to Epperly’s diet and had quickly become emaciated according to Buzzfeed News.

   Most fad diets consist of fasting (abstaining from food for long periods of time), dietary restrictions, and even the overselling of certain foods. The new ketogenic diet promises quick weight loss by restricting the consumption of carbohydrates and eating an abundance of fat, but another diet says that protein is the best solution to weight loss. What is the correct answer?

   The truth is that the body is a complex organism made up of many different organs that require different things to function, and like our bodies, our diets should be complex as well. There is no correct answer. Numerous health articles by dietitians and nutritionists agree that it’s important to eat healthy to maintain our bodies, but it is also vital for our mental health to indulge every once in a while to satisfy our cravings. All things can become unhealthy in excess even broccoli and salmon.

  So ask yourself the next time you eat a bowl of fruits and veggies or drink a gallon of Jilly Juice, if you truly understand the reasoning behind your decisions.