Is it necessary to do a cleanse diet or does your body detox naturally on its own? Are juice cleanses safe or dangerous? What role do high-fiber foods play in cleansing? To answer these questions, we got expert advice from two well-known registered dietitians.
Juice vs. Real Food Cleanses?
Celebrity dietitian and author Keri Glassman, RD, recommends real food cleanses only and advises avoiding juice cleanses completely. With juice cleanses, you will not only feel hungry and lethargic during it, but likely gain back more weight when the cleanse is over!
Keri said, “It’s hard to feel empowered when you’re drinking your breakfast. And your lunch. And your snacks. And your dinner. . . I need to chew. You?”
Here's someone you probably know: a friend, or a friend of a friend, who has gone on some kind of "detox" plan – maybe a 3-day juice cleanse or a 7-day restricted diet, or even a 1-day detox.
Here's something you definitely know: You should drink water. And eat fiber.
Here's something it might be good to know: While the evidence behind the effectiveness of detox diets is spotty or non-existent, the benefits of good hydration, coupled with a high-fiber diet, are well-established.
While many juice cleanses or “detox” plans preach the value of juicing as a way of cleansing the body, those plans most often miss out on including two of the most important natural cleaners your body can get: water and fiber.
New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health shows that, in a number of studies conducted throughout the years, people who ate higher amounts of cereal fiber had a lower risk of premature death from all causes. This includes a 34% lower rate of death from diabetes, and a 15% lower rate of death from cancer!
But living longer is not as easy as switching from eggs to cereal in the morning. When used in science, the word "cereal" is not synonymous with the stuff you pour into a bowl with milk. In this case, "cereal" actually means "grain." The Harvard report states:
According to Dietary Guidelines issued by the USDA, adults should aim to for a daily fiber intake of at least 14 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed, setting a base Daily Value at 25 grams of fiber. (The Institute of Medicine recommends eating even more fiber for maximum health benefits. Think 21-25 grams for women and 30-38 grams for men.) You already know that each Fiber d'Lish bar has 12 grams of fiber, but what does 25 grams of fiber look like in other foods?
How much fiber is in an apple? Each large apple contains about 5 grams of fiber. Make sure to eat the skin!
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