THEY are known as juice ‘detoxes,’ and ‘cleanses’ and have taken over the dieting world in recent years.
Juice diets focus on people consuming liquid mixes of fruit and vegetables with the aim of promoting healthy, radiant skin, weight loss and clarity of mind – but do they work?
Alamy Juice diets involve users drinking blended fruit and vegetables and are seen as ‘detoxes’
What is the juice diet?
The cleansing process involves the person taking in only fruit and vegetable juices for nutrition, while abstaining from other food consumption.
The detox diets can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
Some plans can involve the user consuming just liquids, while others can include solid foods as a snack or meal.
How does the juice diet work?
Juicing presents a quick way to easily inject some quality nutrition into your diet.
Many of the detoxes involve restricting calories consumed and limiting the amount of ‘unhealthy’ foods taken into the body.
In many cases, participants will blend fruit and vegetables to drink, or buy ready-made juice drinks for this time.
News Group Newspapers Ltd Juice diets can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks – depending on the individual
Is the juice diet safe?
Many nutritionists do not recommend the diet thanks to the high sugar content found in fruit-based juices.
As the sudden rush of sugar hits the blood stream, the body reacts by releasing insulin to encourage cells to take up the sugar.
A dip in energy can occur, as the body quickly reacts to utilise the sugar, leaving you feeling flat or tired and causing some people to reach for more sugary foods.
The Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California, Liz Applegate, confirmed that the body doesn’t need any help in getting rid of toxins.
She also said that the diet is often low in protein, which is needed to build healthy immune cells.
Juice detoxes are have a reduced fibre content, which is an important as it helps to remove waste products from the body, such as excess hormones.
Getty Images Many nutritionists do not recommend the diet thanks to the high sugar content found in fruit-based juices and the lack of protein, among other things
Hunger pangs, stomach pains, moodiness, headaches and changes in bowel functions are just a few of the side effects of the diet.
Here are nine more reasons why the juice detox may have negative impacts on your health.