Diet – Diet Trends & Are they helpful to ME/CFS?


Sue Luscombe is the Diet and Nutrition adviser to the ME Association and in her latest leaflet, she reviews the dietary trends in 2020 and asks whether they are helpful to people with M.E.

Sue Luscombe (Diet and Nutrition Adviser to the ME Association) takes a close look at the diets that have been popular in 2020 and asks if they are helpful to people with M.E.

“There are never-ending claims of diets to improve our health. Much is shared on the internet and social media; a powerful platform for influencers to spread nutrition and diet messages.

“Unfortunately, many influencers are not experts, and some have little formal training or qualification in nutrition. We all eat and so, to a degree, we are all experts on what suits us, but this is not evidence-based scientific proof.

“Because ME remains poorly understood, it is perfectly understandable that changing
diet and doing something to help our health feels better than doing nothing…”

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:

  • Will being a vegan help my M.E.?
  • Going gluten-free
  • Does a Keto diet help M.E.?
  • The gut microbiome
  • Personalised nutrition
  • Summary conclusion
  • Nutritional assessment screening tools

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


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