Detox diets – good idea or just good marketing?

How does it make sense to replace actual food with shakes and supplements?

So many people get caught in the trap of losing weight with meal replacement shakes and pills. You’re blinded by the misleading advertising and ‘celebrity’ endorsements, but have you actually done any research?

Let’s take Juice Plus+ for example, they sell fruits and veggies that have been reduced into a powder and put into capsules. This is a highly popular company but the research would leave you gobsmacked. There is no scientific evidence that it benefits health.

There is so much information online about healthy diets containing a variety of foods including fruit and veggies. Not only that, there is just lots of information in general about diets; what to eat, what NOT to eat, ‘dangerous’ foods etc. This results in confusion and worry, which leads to taking dietary supplements.

Companies like Juice Plus+ feed of peoples confusion and worry. Their marketing even states “Juice Plus+ is not a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables” … So why not just eat the actual food?

The published research around some meal replacement shakes and capsules like Juice Plus+ don’t show clinically meaningful changes in actual health outcomes, although they claim lots of health benefits.

Chemical analyses have found that the amounts of ingredients differ from what the label says. This resulted in complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau for misleading advertising. Due to the lack of vitamin B12 and mineral content that are in most multivitamin supplements, it is NOT a complete nutritional supplement.

Fruit and veggies are an important part of a healthy balanced diet, one benefit being the fibre content. Research shows that most of the fibre is actually removed during the process, which refers back to my previous question… So why not just eat the actual food?

In my opinion, the possible side effects of nausea, bloating, diarrhoea and potential liver damage far outweigh the benefits of short term weight loss.

Lets just say no to detox diets, juice cleanses and pills.

Before spending (or wasting) money on deceptive advertising, get advice from a professional. Getting nutritional advise and simply moving more will be better for your mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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