Nutrition Trends: Collagen, Celery Juice and Keto


Julia Dugas, a registered dietitian with Life Time, joined KARE 11 to discuss each trendy topic.

Every time you catch up on the news or check social media, there’s no shortage of nutrition trends claiming to be the next big thing. Some trendy topics in the nutrition world right now are celery juice, collagen and the keto diet. Julia Dugas, a registered dietitian with Life Time, joined KARE 11 to discuss each trendy topic.

What is collagen?

• Collagen is the uncooked form of gelatin and it’s a major structural protein that forms the connective tissue of the human body. It’s durable, supportive material that gives our bones, organs, skin and connective tissue shape, flexibility and strength.

• Unless you’re regularly making yourself bone broth or slow cooked meats, you’re probably missing out on the benefits of Collagen, which include healthy skin, joints, hair, nails and gut health.

• Collagen is beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, it’s a good protein supplement, which aids in muscle growth and keeping your appetite at bay.

What are some ways folks can sneak collagen into their diet? You can a shake, sneak into oatmeal, mix into coffee.

What’s the deal with celery juice? I see this on social media claiming it can help people lose weight. Can this help us with our health/wellness goals? Celery, as most people know, is a really healthy vegetable that people could probably use more of. It’s a nourishing, detoxifying and protective effects on both brain and body.

The problem is that celery isn’t always super easy to eat, so juicing it can give you some quick benefits. People really seem to like the convenience of it

Some parts of the celery juice trend are overblown, though, especially the idea that celery juice can be used as a “Detox” or a substitute for breakfast by itself

If celery is juiced it can be combined with juicing other vegetables and fruits for a full “homemade juice” and combined with a protein-rich breakfast like eggs.

I tell my clients at Life Time that losing weight takes time and finding short term fixes will likely lead to you gaining that weight back. Instead, it’s much more valuable to build up healthy habits in your nutrition and workout plan.

Lastly, the Keto Diet is everywhere. What is it? And who would you recommend this to?

• The keto diet calls for a very low amount of carbohydrates, a moderate amount of protein, and very high amounts of fat. This diet can help to reduce insulin levels. And through that the body is then able to use fat for energy.

• However, it’s a tricky diet to pull off. A few things to keep in mind: It’s essential to only get a moderate amount of protein and really emphasize fat, things like avocado, olive oil, fish. Otherwise you’re not going to see results. You also need to make sure you’re mixing in plenty of vegetables. Fiber is important and tough to come by in this diet.

• I would only recommend you embark on a keto diet if you’ve consulted with your doctor, captured baseline data about your health, and understand that doing the diet successfully isn’t as easy as many health influencers would lead you to believe.


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