Opinion: Juice Cleanses

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What’s a juice cleanse?

A juice cleanse is supposedly a “diet in which a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices while abstaining from solid food consumption”, according to wikipedia.org.

Many people believe that these cleanses are beneficial and rid your body of toxins and bad fats. In fact, 2 out of 3 junior high students in Falcons’ Nest believe so.

However, my opinion is quite contrary. I don’t personally believe in juice cleanses and would go as far as saying that they are pseudoscience (false scientific claims). This isn’t just a personal belief though, many sources say juice cleanses are in fact completely a hoax. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal, we don’t need any extra help removing toxins from our bodies, since we already have a liver, a colon, and kidneys. “People are interested in this so-called detoxification, but when I ask them what they are trying to get rid of, they aren’t really sure,” says Dr. James Grendell in a New York Times article.

Other sources such as Huffington Post say that juice cleanses will even lead to type 2 diabetes. The article continues to explain how drinking juice forms of fruits and vegetables is just not as healthy as eating them whole because all you’re getting is the sugar.

So there you have it, my educated opinion on juice cleanses.

 

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