Juicing up your blood won’t bring you nirvana

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Juicing up your blood won’t bring you nirvana

Let’s face facts. Liquidised or ‘detox’ foods don’t actually remove toxins from your body

Andrea Burgener

Here we are again: summertime. Whether that means beaches and bikinis or just more partying through the month of January, looking good is top priority. And so there’s the annual mass panic. Because despite all the usual promises made about losing the winter weight, getting glowing skin, or even just appearing a bit less like the walking dead, things (once again) didn’t turn out that way. And what does everyone still do? That’s right: juicing, detoxing, “clean” eating, or whatever you want to call piling into mountains of fruit and veg, sometimes mulched up and preferably raw. And I am still baffled.

Juicing is the weirdest incarnation of this “detox” and “cleanse” thinking. Since the invention of the juicer in the 1930s, juicing has been on a roll. The idea that liquidising your food – often while extracting some of its components – is somehow better for you, is an odd one. I really understand if you’re ill and unable to chew, but otherwise … 

A keen juicer explained to me that you do this so you can get the necessary amount of nutrients into your body. Huh? So we’re saying we’re choosing foods that can’t give us enough nutrients when eaten whole? You know you could just eat a boiled egg, right? And what are all these nutrients in the juice that we’ll be getting more of? ..

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