Detox diets don't really work

Experts have revealed that detox diets in fact, amount to "protracted starvation" and prove a serious health hazard to some dieters. Most detox diets are based on fruit, vegetables and water, while cutting out meat, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. The lungs, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and immune system already remove or neutralise toxic substances within hours of consumption, they said. The warning came from Professor Roger Clemens, an expert in toxicology at the University of California, and Dr. Peter Pressman, an endocrinologist at a private medical firm in Beverly Hills.

They said the detox diets' claims of revitalising skin, colon decontamination and purging of the liver were simply "empty promises." The widely reported benefit of feeling less bloated on a detox diet was simply due to the fact that less food was eaten, they said. "These approaches are contrary to scientific consensus and medical evidence and are not consistent with the principle that diets should reflect balance, moderation and variety," the doctors wrote in the American magazine Food Technology. "What amounts to protracted starvation and nutrient insufficiency may ironically slow metabolic rates and breakdown of fat stores," they said. Experts said children, teenagers, pregnant or breastfeeding women, older adults, and those with heart disease, diabetes or irritable bowel disorders should avoid detox regimes.


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