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Is it good to be true? Here's everything you need to know about the Sirtfood Diet, from the science behind it to fresh recipe ideas to try
The Sirtfood diet has become as big in recent years as the Cabbage Soup diet, the 5.2 Diet and Dukan diet, popular with celebrities including Adele, Lorraine Pascale and Jodie Kidd. But is it yet another diet that promises too much, or can following a sirtfood eating plan really help you slim down and feel better?
Hailed as the only eating plan which actively encourages red wine and dark chocolate, it does allsounda little too good to be true. We’ve separated fact from fiction to bring you everything you need to know about the Sirtfood Diet.
What is a sirtfood?
What sounds like a snack lifted straight from a sci-fi movie, a ‘sirtfood’ is actually a food high in sirtuin activators. Sirtuins are a type of protein which protect the cells in our bodies from dying or becoming inflamed through illness, though research has also shown they can help regulate your metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat – hence the new ‘wonderfood’ tag.
What can you eat on the Sirtfood Diet?
The Sirtfood Diet headline-grabbers are red wine and dark chocolate, because they both happen to be high in sirtuin activators.
Though obviously that’s not the whole picture and you won’t feel the effects by mainlining Merlot and Green & Blacks (more’s the pity).
The Sirtfood Diet plan focuses on upping your intake of healthy sirtfoods. These include the following: apples, citrus fruits, parsley, capers, blueberries, green tea, soy, strawberries, tumeric, olive oil, red onion, rocket and that old health-lover’s favourite kale.
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