The Pioppi diet is another growing diet trend that allows you to maintain your health. So what is it exactly? And is it actually better?
What Is The Pioppi Diet?
We’ve all heard of the Mediterranean diet, among the most popular, most well-researched and scientifically approved diets in the world. If you don’t already know, the Mediterranean diet consists of a high consumption of fruits and veggies, a moderate consumption of proteins, as well as a healthy variety of nuts, seeds, legumes, fish oils and olive oil.
The diet can look very different depending on your preferences. You’re also supposed to limit your intake of animal-based foods, such as eggs, dairy, chicken, beef, fish and pork.
Pioppi, the Italian town, has a particular spin off from this diet that also appears to be incredible for your physical wellbeing- called the Pioppi diet.
The diet is basically lower in sugars and higher in fat. Fat has been deemed the boogeyman of nutrients in mainstream health and fitness culture, but it is nonetheless an important nutrient. “Stop fearing saturated fat and cholesterol. Stop counting calories. And start considering sugar as public enemy number one,” the Telegraph said.
The Pioppi diet otherwise follows pretty much the same guidelines as the Mediterannean diet, but has a few additions, such as eating three times a day, and fasting once a week.
Dr Assem Malhotra, a nutritionist, says that to get the most out of this diet, you should treat it as a lifestyle rather than a diet. It also emphasizes getting a lot of sleep, exercise and frequent socialization.
Is It Actually Better?
The Pioppi diet is a bit controversial because of how and why it is encouraged. For example, when Malhotra visited the town to see how they eat, he failed to mention that a lot of their eating habits aren’t because it’s healthier but because they can’t afford to eat any other way.
Caroline Apovian, a Medicine professor in Boston University, said: “This is not revolutionary. All of the attributes of this diet come from what the authors have been reading (or more likely listening to) regarding medium chain triglycerides, Mediterranean diet olive oil, full-fat dairy, sleep, and fasting."
The research remains limited about whether or not the Pioppi diet is significantly better than a regular Mediterranean diet, but there is definitely no harm in trying!