Unpacking the F-Factor Diet Drama – Health News Today

Tanya Zuckerbrot
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For the past few weeks, stories have been popping up about the alleged dangers of the F-Factor diet, a popular, high-fiber diet plan developed by prominent dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot. Several articles detailed claims shared by Emily Gellis Lande, a fashion and lifestyle influencer who has spent much of the summer posting hundreds of screenshots on Instagram of the messages she’s received from people sharing the dangerous side effects they say they experienced while on the F-Factor diet. In the messages, which Gellis shares anonymously, people say they suffered from hives and rashes, migraines, canker sores, and severe gastrointestinal distress, including constipation and rectal bleeding.

The outcry has raised questions about the safety of the popular diet, which counts among its devotees celebrities like Megyn Kelly and Katie Couric. According to a new report from the New York Times, though, the story also has a bizarre twist: Of the hundreds of anonymous claims made about the plan, one of the most dramatic — that the F-Factor and its products caused a person to miscarry — was a hoax, planted to undermine the other legitimate stories.