Famous people aren’t always paid to endorse things, so when they mention something they love and it isn’t for an advertisement, regular folks are more inclined to believe them. Here are some food crazes and wacky diets that celebrities have made famous.
In an episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Khloé flew into town and began raving about cortaditos. A cortadito is a Cuban-style espresso drink in which fresh espresso is sweetened as it is being pulled, followed by an equal amount of freshly steamed milk.
In the episode, Khloé makes Kim drive all over town looking for a Cuban coffee shop. Sara Vasquez, who co-owns International Bakery Cuban Dulceria in Miami said, “Ever since that show where Khloé Kardashian got a cortadito, we’ve had clients asking if we have them.” They’ve even had a customer who drove all the way from Texas to try the strong drink.
Pippa Loves Sushi
They call it the “Pippa Effect.” Whenever Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa desires something, everyone else follows suit. In 2011, word got out that Pippa Middleton enjoyed eating sushi, as did tennis player Andy Murray, who enjoys up to 50 pieces at a time.
Because of Pippa, sushi sales in the United Kingdom have gone up 21 percent within a year. The British supermarket Tesco, which sells a wide range of ready-to-eat items, noticed that their pre-prepared sushi had begun to outsell typical go-to British snack fare, such as sandwiches with cheese, pickles, and salad. As if the Middleton’s weren’t already influential enough, it wouldn’t be the first time someone in their family had made something popular.
The Dukan Diet
Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole, have been known to be following the Dukan Diet. Developed by French nutrition specialist, Dr. Pierre Dukan, the diet is supposedly the secret to what keeps French women so infamously thin. In addition to the Middletons, Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bündchen have been rumored to try it too.
The diet consists of limiting yourself strictly to proteins and later, slowly incorporating some veggies here and there. After losing weight, you can begin to incorporate carbs and dairy back into your diet, but Dukan’s book goes into further detail about how exactly to execute this plan.
Carrie And Her Cupcakes
In the midst of the year 2012, it seemed as if cupcake bakeries seemed to pop up out of nowhere, sprouting in cities all over America by the dozens. What started this trend for the popular treat? People point to Sex and the City, where in one episode, Carrie Bradshaw and her girlfriends all dug into the delicious cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
All of a sudden, cupcakes became the trendiest treat in America. Since then, cupcakes have become entirely their own industry, with successful cupcake shops in major cities opening multiple locations and grossing over $11 million in a year in 2012.
Oprah Takes The Cake
Speaking of cake, one Florida-based bakery doubled their annual sales after getting a good word from Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey has been known to popularize many businesses who dole out products that are lucky enough to make it on her famous list of “favorite things.” We Take the Cake, a bakery in Fort Lauderdale, was chosen by Oprah for their Key Lime Bundt Cake.
Since being featured on her show, business for We Take The Cake has skyrocketed and in five years their cakes were even featured on multiple Food Network shows. Owner of We Take The Cake, Lori Karmel has said, “People are fascinated by ‘The Oprah Effect.’ Nobody can put a company on the map the way Oprah Winfrey can.”
Crazy For Vita Coco
In recent years, people have traded their regular water for coconut water, which has more nutritional benefits, such as high levels of potassium. Coconut water became the go-to beverage for many health-nuts in an era when healthy lifestyles and the ways to achieve them are on the rise.
Vita Coco started selling their coconut water in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2013 that they made profits of over $270 million. With celebrity investors like Demi Moore and Madonna, Vita Coco has flown off the shelves. The increase in popularity can be attributed to other celebrities like Anna Paquin and Chris Pine, who claim to love the stuff.
The Baby Food Diet
Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is credited with starting The Baby Food Diet, which consists of eating up to 14 jars of wet baby food a day, in place of regular meals. Many stars have tried the diet, including Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole, Reese Witherspoon, and even Jennifer Aniston. After word of the infamous diet became popular, sales of wet and dry baby food have greatly increased and people weren’t buying them for their babies.
Baby food jars can contain anywhere from 20 to 100 calories, so that’s why restricting your diet to these little jars is rumored to help weight loss. However, many doctors and nutritionists have criticized the diet, saying that it can cause nutritional imbalances for full-grown adults.
Going Gluten Free
You’ve probably already had your ear chewed off by health nuts who urge you that going gluten free does wonders for your body. Omitting gluten has been recommended for people who have Celiac Disease, but people whose immune system still reacts well to gluten have still tried the diet. Some of the people who have done so include Jenny McCarthy, who thinks that it has contributed to her son’s autism, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who blames gluten for her holiday weight.
Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, eating gluten-free has been known to help you shed weight. Because of peoples’ desire to go gluten-free, many bakeries and eateries have capitalized on the movement by selling gluten-free products.
Cameron Eats Clean
Actress Cameron Diaz has always been known to have a rockin’ bod and has always seemed to maintain it. But how? She spilled her secrets in her book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. One of the primary ways she stays healthy is by eating clean.
Not shying away from the foods that make her happy, Diaz makes a point to be conscious of the types of ingredients she uses and what’s in them. With Diaz’s advice, clean eating has since become one of the best health phenomena in recent years.
While many stars are seemingly obsessed with keeping their figures, there are plenty of those who aren’t afraid to indulge every once and a while. Celebrities like Nicky Hilton and Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson have posted pictures to their respective Instagram accounts of the over-indulgent milkshakes found at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in New York City, and many have flocked to the restaurant since.
The overflowing milkshakes come adorned in colorful candies, cookies, brownies, and other sugary sweets. Black Tap offers three flavors: Cotton Candy, Sweet N’ Salty, and Cookie. Other stars like The Weeknd and Joe Jonas have also been spotted at the restaurant and we wouldn’t doubt that they indulged in one of these milkshakes too.
The Secret Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar supposedly have tremendous health benefits when put into your digestive system. Actress Megan Fox and model Miranda Kerr can definitely attest to the pungent liquid. According to E! News, Kerr likes to drizzle apple cider vinegar on a salad of finely chopped fennel, cucumber, feta cheese, baby spinach, and avocado.
While Kerr’s method of ingesting apple cider vinegar is less offensive on the taste buds, Megan Fox prefers to take the stuff straight up. Fox has been quoted as saying, “It just cleanses out your system entirely.” Apple cider vinegar has been known to support digestion, as well as the liver and spleen.
In the past several celebrities, including singer Kylie Minogue and actress Brooke Shields, have sworn by The Grapefruit Diet. This diet trend consists of eating grapefruits to burn fat — without having to do any exercise. There was some validity to the diet craze, as grapefruits contain a fat-burning chemical called naringenin.
While scientists have confirmed the presence of naringenin in grapefruits, the namesake diet has since been debunked in recent years. According to studies, someone would have to consume 40 grapefruits at once for the fat-burning chemical to take effect. At that point, any health benefits would be pointless because 40 grapefruits equals 5,000 calories and one kilogram of sugar.
The Taco Trend You Can’t Deny
Jack in the Box commercials always advertise their burgers, but seldom do you ever see an advertisement for their tacos. Still, Jack in the Box manages to sell 554 million tacos a year — that’s 1,055 tacos a minute, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deep fried goods have been labeled as a “wet envelope of cat food” and people who eat them know they’re “disgusting,” but can’t stop.
The tacos consist of a corn tortilla with a “meat” mixture center (it’s not actually meat), deep fried and complemented with lettuce, a slice of cheese, and taco sauce. The tacos are probably the cheapest item on the menu, which explains some of the appeal, but they are desired by people of all classes. Selena Gomez even got a cake made of Jack in the Box tacos for her 21st birthday.
Burgers So Good They’ll Make You Sing
British singer Jessie J gained a lot of popularity for serenading her meal from Shake Shack and afterwards posting a collage of her about to bite in to one of their burgers with the caption, “Just how it’s gotta be! #shakeshack #burger.” Shake Shack makes what Jessie J claims is the “best burger ever,” and the popular burgers have become such a hit, people compare them to the west coast’s In-N-Out.
In recent years, Shake Shack has become a big contender in the burger market. The New York City restaurant has become so popular, that they’ve even branched out and opened locations all across the country.
The Kardashians Would Be Eating These
In recent seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, many fans have taken notice to the salads that Kim and her sisters are always eating in different episodes. In 2015, Kim finally indulged her fans by saying that they get the salads from a cafe in the outer-Los Angeles area, called Health Nut. Their go-to order? A chef salad and a mango iced tea.
Employees of Health Nut have confessed that the Kardashians order these salads on a weekly basis and many people have gone to see what all the hype is about. Needless to say, Health Nut has probably seen a spike in sales ever since Kim name dropped them on Twitter.
People Eating Paleo Style
By now you’ve probably heard of people going on paleo diets, but what exactly is it? The term paleo refers to “paleolithic,” which is the era of the early stone age. People on this diet are pretty much eating like cavemen. This means that they can eat grass-fed meats, fish, fruits, veggies, nuts, eggs, and pretty much the other types of foods that were accessible to early cavemen.
A lot of celebrities have back this diet, such as Jack Osbourne, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012. He says that eating by paleo standards has helped with the inflammation he suffers as a result of MS. Other stars champion the paleo diet for its health benefits, such as Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Megan Fox, and LeBron James.
Lemon water has been backed by numerous celebrities, according to NYMag.com. While reality personality Lauren Conrad drinks lemon water for its “cleansing and energizing” effects, model Miranda Kerr says “it kickstarts the digestive system.” However, many nutritionists debate over whether lemon water is actually that beneficial in place of regular water.
Because lemons are acidic and have many antioxidant properties, they can actually have alkalizing effects on the body and the blood stream, with the help of inherent minerals potassium and calcium. Lemon water is also known to be great for your metabolism, but just because you drink the water, doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want.
Gwyneth Loves Gojis
What diet trend hasn’t this woman tried?! In addition to all the crazy health trends that Gwyneth has advocated for, she has also expressed her love of goji berries. She has shared plenty of recipes that use the powerful fruit, including a recipe for breakfast juice. But don’t think that this is just another faulty celebrity food craze, because goji berries pack quite the nutritional punch!
Used in traditional Chinese medicine since around 200 B.C., the little fruits come with enormous benefits, according to PopSugar.com. Loaded with antioxidants, they have anti-aging properties, support your digestive and immune function, and help with your cardiovascular health. It’s no wonder it’s popping up on grocery stores shelves!
Kobe Bryant’s Bone Broth
Los Angeles Laker retiree Kobe Bryant is considered one of the best NBA players of all time. Despite his numerous injuries, he has still managed to bring the Lakers an outstanding record throughout his career. But how did he do it, despite all the damage to his body?
One of the things he did was credit a special soup, made specifically from bone broth. According to ESPN.com, the bone broth is “A nourishing concoction rich in nutrient and minerals — and especially collagen — produced by simmering bones (pig, cow, fish, etc.) and other ingredients for hours.” Needless to say, the soup has certainly aided in Bryant’s swift recoveries so that he could continue to play.
Kombucha Is On The Forecast
Today Show host and former weather caster Al Roker is no stranger to having to wake up in the wee hours of the morning. But how does he find the energy to be an enthusiastic talk-show host if he has to wake up at three in the morning? His secret is his kombucha tea, which he has two or three bottles of every morning in place of coffee.
Kombucha has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is said to do wonders for your digestion. Al Roker isn’t alone on this trend either. In recent years, kombucha has made its way from health stores to regular grocery stores and is popular among many health nuts out there.