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Why Juice Cleanse Recipes Are A Waste Of Your Time (And Money)

The juice cleanse business is drawing in customers like fruit flies, promising weight loss, body detoxification and the treatment and prevention of everything from the common cold to cancer. Retailers are taking advantage of the craze, too, with Duane Reade’s new 40 Wall St. location including a juice/smoothie bar for customers and Starbucks opening its new Evolution Fresh juice bar chain this past Monday.

A nutritious juice here and there can be beneficial for your health, but when it’s taken to the extreme — limiting your diet to strictly juices for weeks — it not only fails to be the magic solution the fanatics are claiming it to be; it can also do more harm than good.

 

WHAT IS A JUICE CLEANSE/FAST?
During a juice fast or cleanse, a person limits their diet to only fresh vegetable and fruit juices and water for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The fast focuses on freshly made, unpasteurized juice, so the usual bottles of OJ that you would pick up at the bodega wouldn’t be allowed.

People generally either buy the juices from a manufacturer of juice cleanse products or purchase a juicer and make their own concoctions at home. According to the New York Times, the new cleanses contain about 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day and often include a nut-milk component to provide a small amount of fat and protein.

Pathogens can live on all raw food, but packaged juices go through a pasteurization process that kills them. If you do make your own juices at home, make sure to only make enough for one serving so you don’t give dangerous organisms a chance to develop. And, as always, scrub that produce clean!

 

THE CLAIMS
1. It’s an easy way to add servings of vegetables and fruits to your diet.
The latest dietary guidelines recommend five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (2.5 to 6.5 cups per day), depending on a person’s caloric intake. The average American requires 2,000 calories a day to maintain weight and health, so the average person’s goal is nine servings, or 4.5 cups, of fruits and veggies per day. (By the way, potatoes don’t count.)

Don’t eat that much produce? Neither does anyone else. That’s one reason fans of the juice cleanse say the diet is so healthy: You can fit a lot of fruit and veggie servings into one big glass of juice.

2. We get more health benefits from fruits and veggies in juice form.
You’ll find the following sentence, or something very similar, on almost every juice cleanse website: “Although eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state does provide us with a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals, we only obtain the maximum benefits from them when they are juiced.” Proponents of the cleanses will even tell you that drinking juice “gives the digestive system a break” from breaking down fiber. In reality, fiber helps with digestion.

3. Overweight? We guarantee you’ll lose weight!
Cleanse fanatics claim the diet is great for weight loss.

4. Everything else you want a magic pill for.
Juice cleanse websites tout the diet’s ability to make you feel more energized, boost your immune system, strengthen your bones, make your skin glow and reduce your risk of illness and disease.

 

THE TRUTH
1. It’s dangerous for some people.
People undergoing chemotherapy, diabetics, people with nutritional deficiencies and people with kidney disease should not try a juice fast. The high sugar consumption involved in juice fasts can skyrocket blood-sugar levels in diabetics, which can result in fatigue, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, excessive hunger and thirst, and wounds or infections that heal more slowly than usual.

According to USA Today, the high levels of potassium and minerals from excessive juice consumption can build up in the blood to hazardous levels in those with kidney disease. And the high levels of antioxidants and low levels of protein can be dangerous for those undergoing chemo.

 

2. Juicing is not better than whole fruits and vegetables. In fact, it removes some nutrients.
While the juice form does hydrate and supply nutrients, registered dietitian Jennifer Nelson says there’s no reliable scientific research to support claims that juicing your produce is healthier than eating it whole. Actually, the fiber and some of the antioxidants found in the skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables are often eliminated in the juicing process. For example, the white pulp in an orange provides flavonoids, but that’s usually left behind.

Because juice doesn’t offer the fiber contained in fruits and veggies, the body absorbs fructose sugar more easily, which can affect blood-sugar levels, according to Food Republic. If you do decide to try a juice cleanse, drink more veggie juices (carrots and beets not included) and limit fruit juice to one glass a day in order to avoid this potential side effect.

None of this means you shouldn’t drink juice. It simply means, instead of drinking only juice for weeks, a healthier route might just be including juices in a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

 

3. Juices are less filling than whole fruits and vegetables.
You’re not going to feel as satisfied and full if you drink your meals instead of chewing them, Livestrong.com explains. Additionally, the fiber that’s been left out of the juice would have helped slow consumption and make you feel more sated.

 

4. Juice fasts can leave out critical nutrients your body needs to function properly.
You should always be skeptical when a diet requires extreme restrictions and cuts out entire food groups. There’s a reason dietary guidelines include various categories of food: You can’t get all of your essential vitamins and minerals out of just one.

Livestrong.com explains that juice fasts frequently lack substantial amounts of protein and fat. “Few fruits contain significant amounts of fat and protein, and vegetables that contain these macronutrients — such as avocados, beans and lentils — do not lend themselves to juicing,” Livestrong says. “Without sufficient protein, your body has no raw materials with which to build new tissue. A lack of fat leaves your skin and hair in poor shape and contributes to malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins.”

Extend your juice fast, and you might just cause serious damage. Dr. Glenn D. Braunstein, chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, says that longer fasts could result in electrolyte imbalances. Additionally, if you’re not getting enough calories, your body could start using muscle tissue instead of fat for energy.

 

5. Like most fad diets, a juice fast is not an effective way to lose weight and keep it off.
Will you lose weight? Probably — you’re cutting out all of the fat from your diet and drastically lowering your caloric intake. But you’ll most likely put it right back on after the fast.

“There’s nothing wrong with going on a juice fast for a few days,” said Dr. James Dillard, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, on WebMD. “But it’s not a great way to lose weight, because you’ll gain it all back — you yo-yo. It’s just like the Atkins diet. The weight you lose is water weight.” And Dr. Braunstein (of Cedars-Sinai) says this type of deprivation can also result in dizziness, nausea, constipation, fatigue and irritability.

Additionally, if you do this to your body enough, you could permanently lower your metabolism — as if it’s not tough enough to lose weight as it is. New York Times writer Judith Newman tried a juice cleanse and wrote about her experience: “This kind of cleansing puts a lot of stress on your body,” she wrote. “Your body wants and expects food. And as with most crash diets, which is really what this is, your body thinks it’s starving. It doesn’t know it’s going to get more food. So it lowers your metabolism, and if you do this enough, it can lower your metabolism permanently.”

 

6. There isn’t really anything to detox.
Don’t get me wrong: A “detox diet” to rid my body of all the crap I’ve recently put in it sounds convincing, even to me. Who wouldn’t want to “cleanse” their body of all the chemicals, fat and alcohol they’ve consumed? The fact is, though, our body does an excellent job of this already; our liver, kidneys and intestines filter the unwanted things we ingest and expel them through urine, bowel movements, breath and sweat. We don’t need to punish ourselves with strict juice-only diets to eliminate the bad stuff.

People were talking about detoxification back in the early 1900s, according to QuackWatch. Supporters of the process claimed that “intestinal sluggishness causes intestinal contents to putrefy, toxins are absorbed and chronic poisoning of the body results.” Scientists abandoned this theory, though, in the 1930s, and these mysterious “toxins” that everyone keeps trying to get rid of have never been discovered.

“Our bodies are very good at eliminating all the nasties that we might ingest over the festive season,” said Dr. John Emsley, a chemical scientist quoted in the Washington Times in a story about the potential of detox diets to get rid of all the junk we put in our bodies over the holidays. The idea of detoxing our bodies by “drinking fancy bottled water or sipping herbal teas is just nonsense.”

 

7. It’s not cheap.
Juice cleanses are a business — a booming one at that. The boutique cleanse segment is taking up an increasing part of the diet industry, recently valued at almost $60 billion by Marketdata Enterprises.

BluePrintCleanse, a popular New York-based manufacturer, will charge you $65 a day for its cleansing package of juices. Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery offers three different cleanse packages, each providing five juices and one almond milk for a total cost of $70 a day.

Want to juice at home? Get ready to put down some money. Juicers range from $30 to $300. And since you shouldn’t be saving unpasteurized juice for later, you might want to buy one for the office while you’re at it.

 

8. “But my friend did it and said she felt amazing!”
It’s true. Many people who try these detox diets report having more energy and feeling more focused. However, as Mayo Clinic explains, this could be due to the belief that they’re doing something good for their bodies.

That said, you could also argue that there’s nothing wrong with a placebo effect if it does the job. As the NYT writer who tried one of these cleanses wrote, “What’s so bad about feeling a little better, even if there’s no demonstrable proof that you actually are better?”

 

9. It’s not going to cure cancer.
Proponents of the juice fast claim it will cure your case of the sniffles and even treat cancer. There has been no scientific evidence suggesting it will do anything but help increase your vitamin intake — which, yes, could benefit your health, but the calorie restriction and lack of protein might actually slow healing. Your body needs all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it can get to heal. The best thing you can do with your diet is to make sure you’re not depriving it of an essential nutrient and eat balanced, well-portioned meals.

As for cancer, the American Cancer Society states that current scientific research does not support fasting (including juice fasting) to treat it. Additionally, as previously stated, those undergoing chemotherapy should not attempt a juice fast because of the risk posed by the high levels of antioxidants and low levels of protein.

 

TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE
Look, there are some benefits to juice cleanses. If you follow it all the way through, you’ll probably feel a sense of accomplishment. You might feel like you’ve freed yourself from the control cravings had over you. Some people say it helps them break their unhealthy eating habits. And yes, for once, you’re probably getting the recommended servings of fruits and veggies, if not more, per day. But if you’re going to try a juice cleanse, make it short. It’s not healthy to restrict your body for weeks from the other nutritious foods it needs.

If you were considering doing a juice fast to lose weight, this isn’t the way to go. Moderation is key to any diet, and the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to make healthy lifestyle changes that you’ll be able to maintain throughout your life. USA Today does suggest, however, that replacing one meal with a juice in order to aid weight loss could benefit people without health concerns, as long as it’s supported with a balanced diet.

Registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky said it best on Mayo Clinic’s website: “The best diet is a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein.”

Comments

Submitted by Kristina on

Actually, most veggies contain protein.broccoli, spinach etc.water weight will be the majority of your weight loss AT FIRST, but from current experience your body fat will decrease significantly as did mine.for once your body is taking in what it needs,think how did humans survive for this long?surely we didn't have ice cream, yogurt,and hot dogs thousands of years ago.Our intake was of fruits veggies and nuts.If you take a look at out teeth structure we were not meant to even consume animal protein.To add insult to injury the average veggies you eat are cooked to the point that most nutrients are depleted when consumed and most everything we have been eating is full of chemicals. We weren't meant to consume all these chemicals and that's why our body isn't doing a fully great job at detoxing.I juice for two meals a day and eat a salad or steamed veggies,etc for dinner.I do light cardio a few days a week and within three weeks dropped 15lbs, lost 8% body fat,8inches total and my skin hair and nails are longer,brighter and stronger.definatrly not a placebo,these are concrete results

Submitted by david on

Your comment is false concerning our teeth structure. Bi-cuspids are proof we were meant to eat an omnivore diet. Otherwise, we would have teeth like cows and horses with just incisors and molars.

Submitted by el Bruce on

Omnivore yes - we have four bi-cuspids and how many other teeth? I'm in agreement, our ancestors ate meat, but plant food has overwhelmingly been our ancient ancestor's diet when available.

Also, bicuspids in Gorillas, who are not carnivores, are used for defense.

Having a few sharp teeth doesn't mean our ancestors used them to each much meat.

Submitted by Lisa on

This is exactly what I started doing a week ago; 2 juices per day and a salad for dinner, and I just started exercising this week. At 5'4" and about 175lbs, I had to do something. I lost 5lbs the first week, and I do have more energy. After reading this article I was getting worried I was making a mistake, but your response fixed that! Thank you so much, you've given me so much encouragement!

Submitted by helena hayes on

A few years ago, my friend from high school (who became a doctor) told me of one of her terminally ill patients who cured herself from cancer with a juice fast. Another close friend (a senior social worker) told me of two separate cases of people who had cured themselves of cancer with alternative medicine. And on my facebook page a couple of weeks ago, a registered nurse friend told us the story of her cure of cancer through going to a clinic that practiced alternative medicine. I felt really angry when my doctor friend told me about her terminally ill patient. I couldnt understand why an intelligent woman who I have trusted as a close friend for over twenty years would tell me a pack of lies. Then 6 years ago, I was also diagnosed with cancer. Multiple tumors. And I also recovered by natural means. Lots of bicarbonate of soda and a detoxing tonic. Juice cleanses certainly do detox the body. My liver function and gut lining is not in good shape. When I do a juice fast, some of the toxin gets reabsorbed and I feel as sick as hell. And I have hot spells due to the liver struggling to process the toxins. But at the end of 30 days of juice fasting I no longer had hashimoto's disease. I found however that the fast did deplete nutrients. In the process of removing toxins, other minerals are depleted. On subsequent fasts I need to take extra calcium to prevent tooth decay and vitamin B to stop my tongue from developing sores. The fact that money isnt made available to scientifically test natural remedies doesnt meant they dont work. It just means that whereas millions is being made available to test drugs so that it can be said they are scientfically proved to work, no such funding is ever given for natural remedies.

Submitted by Max on

Well, if someone on Facebook says it's true, it must be!

Submitted by Cheryl on

I have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and fasts help me as well, probably by not feeding the bacteria and they die. Obviously I don't do fruit juices because that wouldn't help at all. Even the medical doctors recognize that fasting is one of the protocols for SIBO. Also I had a cyst that just vanished after a fast, that had been there 10 yrs.

Submitted by Ron on

Although I probably wouldn't do a juice cleanse It can't hurt to get a green juice in you everyday!

Submitted by Nick on

I think the overall tone of this article is saying nobody should do a juice fast. Basically the author is ignoring all of the good information and casting a harsh light on the negatives. Sure there are negative, but there are also positives. Next time, don't be biased when writing an article such as this.

Case in point: Yes, this might not be right for some people. Yes, there are health benefits for some people. Yes you can loose fat, there is a thing called protein, and it doesn't exist only in meat. Also, yes it can lead to short term nutrient deficiencies, but that's if you dont take in enough of a nutrient. Get your blood tested weekly to verify that you are attaining the proper nutrients. Most Americans are nutrient deficient anyways.

Submitted by Juicy Belly on

I totally agree with you Nick. When I saw this article, I thought is there something wrong with this person?

I don't think juicing is about business, it's really about boosting that good health your body needs. Hence the reason why I keep getting sick with that nasty monthly cycle. I eat the wrong food and not getting enough vegetables when I'm supposed to.

I'm on the urge of saving my grandmother's life by preventing her from having another Stroke if it ever occurs again, however she had 2 Strokes in the past years so juicing for her will really help. I am happy to share the results too for those who are concerned of their loved ones who going through the same health issues of a Stroke, High Blood Pressure etc etc.

Submitted by Chris on

When going on a juice fast, the primary reason is to GIVE YOUR DIGESTION SYSTEM a rest. When you eat total crap for years-even decades-- on end, your body gets tired of constantly processing sugar, chemicals, fats, etc. Giving this vital system a rest allows your body to pay attention to other things going on in your body. Many people are able to cure skin problems and get off medicines. That's not a placebo effect. This article seems like it's trying pretty hard to say juicing is bad for you. But man, it's better than anything 90% of Americans eat in a regular day.

Submitted by Anonymous on

This article is crap! I have been on a juice only fast for 7 days now and have lost 9 pounds. I feel so much better than i did before i started. The aches and pains i had are going away and i feel refreshed. I plan on doing this as long as i can and then when i finish, i will eat fuit, vegetables, nuts, berries and fish.

Submitted by Brian on

What else is required do you have to take pills to make up for lacking in proteins or anything like that? Do you just juice a steak? How many vegetables and fruits are too many in a juice?

Submitted by Karen on

In order to make green juice palatable you should make with 3 parts fruit to every 1 part veggies. TRUST ME, it's really gross if you don't make it right! Also, you can't eat too many vegetables. Though some fruits are higher in natural sugars, it's way better for your body than processed or artificial sugar and natural sugars will give you the energy your body needs. Many veggies are packed with sufficient protein & some fruits (but not as much). Vegetable protein is better for the body than animal protein. Just eat your food and juice in moderation... and please don't try juicing a steak ; )

Submitted by RAstudent on

3 parts fruit to 1 part veg is to much fruit and to little veg. To get the most out of it you have to suck it up and drink the veg juice. After a while it grows on you. To much fruit will give you to much sugar and sort of defeat the purpose. I recommend 1 part fruit to 3 parts veg. I actually mix it up. Fruit juice first thing in the morning and at night. All other juice is veg. Some tricks to making it more palatable (at first, it really does grow on you) is to stir in some ice (its better cold IMO) and spice it up with hot peppers.

Submitted by Robert on

It's a money making thing..
And junk food is not a money making thing ..

Submitted by Anonymous on

Yeah sounds to me like somebody who works for hell, wrote this aritcle!!! Juicing is VERY good for you, and healthy, you will notice the changes in how you feel, immediately!! Much more clear mentally, fatigue gone, loss of weight and inches, you feel more alert, clear, vibrant!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Junk good doesn't make money...really? How do you explain McDonalds? (Am I missing something?)

Submitted by Anonymous on

Don't knock it till you try it. I seriously doubt you have, for if you did you wouldn't be posting nonsense like "Juices are less filling than whole fruits and vegetables"--what a garbage point. Anyone who has tried it knows how amazing you feel afterwards and just how wonderful the whole experience is. I have done it many times and can only sing its praises.

I'm wondering who you work for, or who is paying you to create an argument against juice fasting? A pasteurized juice maker maybe?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I have been juicing for almost two months and haven't noticed any difference. I actually eat a good diet already, but, was hoping juicing would help with some aches and pains and cleanse my system and help me lose a few pounds. LIterally, just a few pounds. All I noticed was how much a pain in the ass it is to have to clean the juicer after every time I use it. How all that fiber is just going down the drain. Note: don't put it down the drain because it will clog your disposal. That the fruits and veggies rot before you have a chance to use them all so I had to spend more money on the green containers, which actually do work. I actually gained weight even though I was using the juicer as a meal substitute. So, since I have already spent the money, I juice once in awhile for an liquid for a protein smoothy or if I feel I haven't had enough veggies that day, but, for any miracle benefit or feeling better, just eat whole foods.

Submitted by Anonymous 2 on

I've been juicing (rebootwithjoe.com) since January 2 this year. This is January 19 and I have lost 16 pounds. This is not water weight. You have to NOT cheat, and make sure you are taking in at least 64 ounces of water a day. This helps flush all the toxins and fat from your body. If you are truly "juicing" for all your meals, you are doing something wrong. You will definitely lose weight on this diet if you do it right. I have a friend who lost OVER 100 POUNDS with just juicing and there is a lot of testimonials that attest to the benefits of juicing. I recommend you purchase Dr. Furman's book.

Submitted by Em on

It never made sense that ingesting vegetables, whole or juiced, would remove toxins from the body. If the nutrients improved liver and/or kidney function, science would have supplements to recommend - a far cheaper way to "cleanse"! And of course when vegetables replace Chinese takeout you're bound to lose some pounds. It's a simple matter of a low calorie meal replacing a high calorie one. For me, the magic comes in not having to eat several cups of a variety of vegetables a day. I simply would not have the recommended intake of nutrients if I didn't juice. I'm just waiting for the day I can make a week's worth and be done with it.

Submitted by Jefferson on

I have been taking three blood pressure medications for going on 9 years. After 30 days of juicing two meals and eating a healthy dinner I started getting dizzy took a visit to the doctor, thinking what have I done now? It turns out my blood pressure was suddenly too low and they took me off two of the three medications. That's 9 years of very high blood pressure, spending money on scripts, etc... After 60 days of following this routine my bloodwork results (for the first time in over a decade) came back within a normal range. I am seeing my doctor every 30 days while following this routine for a check up and to have bloodwork taken. My doctor was expecting there to be issues with my bloodwork results and was rather shocked at the results. In fact, I had my bloodwork taken in the morning and not only did he have the results by the afternoon, but he called me himself that same day to give me those test results. In the past, I get a call from his nurse a couple of days later. Skip ahead to 90 days, I've lost weight, my skin is clearing up, I have more energy than I can ever remember having. If this is all just a placebo effect... I still embrace it!

Submitted by Danielle on

I did a 3 day juice fast of all green veggies and usually 1 green apple added. No other fruit. For the last 10 yeas I was heavily reliant on energy drinks, coffee, energy or diet pills to even get thru a day. It saved my life!

Submitted by Ohev Chava on

Can't help but notice all the juice nuts are dying to comment. What part of no scientific evidence to support your goofy claims don't you get?

Submitted by ElectricCarOwner on

Of course there is no "scientific evidence".
Where is the money in making use of something healthful you could grow yourself in your own yard?
The author is a dietician. These are the same well-meaning folks who bring us hospital food. You know..."Oh, you just had a triple bypass? Here, have some pork chops. The protein will help you rebuild your tissues."
I agree there are some pretty wild claim out there about the benefits of most dietary choices - juicing included. Still, I think anyone who thinks the only vegetable source of protein is beans can't really be relied on for nutritional information.
Your thoughts here...

I'd just like to specify, so no one else is confused: I'm not a dietitian. I'm a writer who did substantial, thorough research to back up these claims (the sources are linked in the text).

Meanwhile, everyone seems to have lost the point of this article. I didn't say juicing was bad for you. Like everything, it's best in moderation and shouldn't be a substitute for a balanced diet. I personally love my freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning, and I think juicing can be a great way to get your daily essential vitamins and minerals.

Contrary to what commenters continually think (and it amazes me that everyone seems to jump to this conclusion when an article states something they don't want to hear), we're not paid by any organizations or companies. These statements are based on research, and no one's paying HellaWella to write about a certain point of view or topic.

Like most things, juicing isn't a black and white topic. It's not all or nothing. It has its benefits and its downsides, and, based on my research, isn't best used in the form in lengthy juice cleanses.

Thanks for your feedback.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Actually, your title states exactly how you feel about a juice cleanse.

I think you should have, at the very least, tried the cleanse/fast for several days to a week so you could report firsthand of your experience. If you had done so, you probably wouldn't be writing some silly conjecture about "placebo effects" etc. Instead, you could of, without a doubt, borne witness to the obvious physiological and psychological effects that play out during and after a fast.

It's called experiential research. Sometimes more compelling than research culled from potentially biased, "real" sources. That is if you want to speak with any real authority on the subject...

Submitted by Tut TuT on

Come on Melissa, Look what you have written. It is absolute drivel. Stop putting negatives in the way of progress. A vegan Diet is amazing, and juicing is even better. We don;t need meat at all, wake up and do some real research.

Yes Moderation is the Key but not when you eat pre cooked foods from the supermarket. Fresh is best 100%

Submitted by Paulie on

As someone who studies organic horticulture, its benefits over commericial farming, and nutrition as a life passion, this article and its writer are less than credible on a few counts. Anyone saying that juicing is a low-calorie option isn't juicing the right things. The reason there are so many companies cashing in on the juicing craze is because it works as advertised and most people are too lazy to grow/juice their own. Its a cash cow. Just like anything else that works and is only bought for matters on convienience. Anyone interested in their own health should give this a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

Submitted by Kelly on

This article is almost funny, its so not true for most people. OF COURSE if you have a chronic health issue you should talk to your doctor but juice fasting is an amazing healing practice, especially those with digestive illness that cannot digest the fiber and hence the nutrients from raw food. I felt amazing on my juice fast of 3 days and I am about to go on my 2nd. I am not overweight.

As I said: "Look, there are some benefits to juice cleanses. If you follow it all the way through, you’ll probably feel a sense of accomplishment. You might feel like you’ve freed yourself from the control cravings had over you. Some people say it helps them break their unhealthy eating habits. And yes, for once, you’re probably getting the recommended servings of fruits and veggies, if not more, per day. But if you’re going to try a juice cleanse, make it short. It’s not healthy to restrict your body for weeks from the other nutritious foods it needs."

Yours was three days — relatively reasonable. Read the full article, guys!

Submitted by Tom on

COME ON PEOPLE DRUGS CURE NOTHING BUT ONLY PROLONGS THE DISEASE SO THE MEDICAL SYSTEM CAN MAKE MORE MONEY AS YOU SUFFER UNTIL THE END. STOP THIS MADNESS WITH THE LIES. SOMEONES HEALTH IS GOD GIVEN AS HE GAVE US THE LIVE GREEN FOODS FOR OUR HEALING AND NOT A CHEMICAL DRUG. LIVE ENZYME RICH FOOD THAT COMES OUT OF HIS SOIL IS WHAT KEEPS US WELL.

Submitted by Anonymous on

There are so many different opinions about juicing. As it is not well-researched most of the information available is either a result of assumptions or speculation or anecdotal experience.

I happen to have gone on a 5-day juice fast, and as an advanced nutrition practitioner I have never come across anything that has worked as fast and effectively as juicing. I feel totally humbled by its effectiveness.

But each person has to decide for themselves if they want to take the change and if they have the strength to stick to it.

It has worked for Joe Cross, and in his community time and time again people sing the praises of it.

I am totally sold.

Submitted by Jack Jones on

I am trying juicing for the first time and I really enjoy it. I choose a 3 day juice cleanse with a new company called Creative juice. I am in start of third day as I write this. One thing they do to on their juice line up is include an almond milk to finish the day for extra protein, I guess. Anyway, it has been surprisingly easy, I haven't been hungry, but I do miss chewing food :) Lost 7 lbs so far, I'm sure some will come back when I start eating again, but it is a good jumpstart to a healthier diet.

Submitted by Ashley on

And what gives you the qualifications to make any of these claims?! hmmmm, not so much

Submitted by Karen on

Good article and thank you. Also QuackWatch is a great site--one finds the same kinds of comments only they get much more personal towards the author of the site.

My previous hairstylist kept trying to sell me vegetable based cleanses. If I mentioned a health issue that was her launching pad to start in. She consistently would offer anecdotes about clients that had achieved wonderful results. She could have been a true believer, however I believe her motivation had more to due with money than anything else. I agree with moderation in all things is the way to go. Thanks for the article.

Submitted by Alex Aguilar on

I think people love writing about topics that will get everyone fired up to generate traffic for their website.

Anyways, I love juicing! I am following an 80/20 rule which is much healthier than I was previously eating. I am juicing 1-2 times a day to replace meals. I have noticed a huge difference in my health and it has only been a few weeks.

Submitted by Fredrik on

For all of you who think we were borned to eat meat!! i would love to see you catch any animal with your claws and teath and ripp it apart specially at night with your good nightvision!! and after you have done that you would eat all the flesh and some parts of the bone RAW and digest that food sooooo good and after that se how good you feel if you even survive! ooohhh right that would never happen becouse there no animal on this planet that we could even catch with our bare hands ( yes maybe you can caych a snail or spider )and all the other animals who eat meat have no problem with ctaching there food! so enough said we are not meant to eat meet becouse then we would have the weapons we already needed to catch it ..............

Submitted by Joe on

First off, the word is born, not borned. Second, human beings are omnivores. We may not have the teeth and claws (tools) you refer to, to hunt down our prey, but the mind is a tool as well. That is our tool of choice. I would also like to add that juicing can be healthy, but our diets really need to be balanced. Cows, gorillas and other herbivores have to eat ALL DAY, to get the nutrients they need from plants and leaves. Animal protein is the "fast track" to getting our nutrients. I know people will argue that "juicing" allows us to eat a lot more fruits and veggies, but our ancestors did not have juicers, so you can't blend the arguments. When it comes to eating healthy, it is important to stay away from extremes. I wouldn't advise an ALL vegetable, fruit, nut diet any more than I would advise an ALL meat diet. Juice for one or two meals per day, mix in some non-juiced fruits and veggies, add some nuts here and there and get in some lean animal proteins 3 to 6 times per week (depending on your activity level and fitness goals). Enough said.

Submitted by Pablo on

Although I don't agree with this article, I wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible for myself because I will do my first 30 day juice fast next month. In all honesty, I don't trust dieticians nor do I trust pharmaceuticals either; as I read this article, my opinion is that the author either has ties to pharmaceuticals or all their sources were funded by institutions where "juice fasts" are conflicts of interests. Well, whatever the case, I will find out for myself next month when I perform my own 30 day juice fast.

Submitted by Natalie on

I like to read both sides of the coin. However, there were no real arguments here that most juicers aren't aware of.

I would like to ask the author to answer this. Have you watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead? I would really recommend it as a look to see what alternative medicine can do for those that have no hope left.

I am not anti medicine, nor do I think people who aren't chronically ill should undergo long fasts. But when you are sick and probably going to die anyway, as Joe Cross was in the movie (& the trucker he met) it's good to try anything and as it turns out, juicing saved their lives. Pretty epic for a placebo.

The ACS and Mayo Clinic are NEVER going to advocate for something that goes against everything they believe. Look into the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medine, Dr Fuhrman, Dean Ornish and many others who prove that in the terminally ill, moderation can kill and nutrition can cure. Is Bill Clinton's recovery on a vegan diet just a placebo?

1. Anyone who is sick or worried about the fast should run blood work before and after. True juicing is also VEGETABLE based - fruit juicing is indeed unhealthy if you have sugar issues. Many people can't stand the detox that comes with an all juice diet - so eating one meal and juicing the rest is very popular.

2. Whilst juicing isn't better than whole foods, the point is to give the digestive system time to REST and REBUILD! The immune system is structured mostly in the gut and the fresh enzymes help it regenerate. Juicing allows more nutrients to go into the body than a meal does.

3. Same point, it's temporary to give digestion a rest as the body uses 70% of it's energy on this process.

4. I think missing out on fats for 10 days is nothing compared to the amount of nutrients people miss out on eating regular diets. The body has plenty of stored fat, which is fine for a few weeks. Most Americans eat way too much fat and will have plenty in storage.

5. Agreed, which is why a low meat, whole foods diet is recommended afterwards.

6. Nothing to detox? Alcohol, caffeine, metals/chemicals in foods and many medicines are powerful toxins that can stay lodged in the body. Look up DDT, the pesticide that concentrates through the food chain as it stays in tissues.

7. Medical care isn't cheap.

8. Placebo effects rarely help people get off medication, regain health and lose large amounts of weight.

9. No one has cured cancer, even western medicine.

Submitted by Pablo on

I posted a comment on this site the other day but I forgot to include the main reason for my interest in doing a 30 day juice fast....Everything has a frequency, a vibration, the higher the vibration on a cellular level in people, the more in tune with the spiritual one becomes. Juicing does cause the cells of a human to vibrate at a higher frequency, catapulting them closer to God, or in my case, finding God for who he truly is, not what some ridiculous religion that only wants to control people says he is. That's really the only reason for my juice fast, it's something not even the pigheaded author of this article can dispute.

Submitted by disappointed reader on

Hello Melissa,

1. Instead of making a blanket statement in your subject like why don't you say XYZ Juice cleanse is a waste of time and money. There are so many juice cleanses and duration on time frames you would have been more helpful to select one specificly.

2. I agree with a previous poster that you should have tried it and stated your results! I appreciate Joe Cross that actually made a documentary and shared his experience with us during his 60 day journey. Your "repeating" the information of other sources is lazy.

Submitted by Anonymous on

This person has no medical education. You all should, including myself, get off the computer chair and go do something active.

Submitted by Jessi on

Finally! Apparently all of these people received their medical degree from google.com. Everyone wants a magical cure to lose weight. Want to know a secret? Avoid dairy, sugary, greasy, fatty foods! Replace all of your drinks with water. Stop eating garbage from the freezer. TA DA! What happens after your juice diet? You're going to gain all of that weight back when you reintroduce normal foods into your diet. So how about instead of juicing, you just eat healthy food I just lost 6 lbs over the course of 20 days by exercising moderately and avoiding high fructose corn syrup, fast food, frozen preservative foods and drinks other than water. My daily diet consists of oatmeal or for breakfast, quinoa or rice and cooked veggies, or soups for lunch and for dinner it's always different, but usually consists of some sort of fish or meat with with cooked veggies and grains. No juice diet for me. Just because SOMEONE "cured" their cancer with a juice diet doesn't mean everyone can. EVERY single person is completely different and no body runs the same.

Submitted by Rob on

So its simple I do a 20 day cleanse every 6 months, and there is NOTHING like it... I was on 4 different meds before my 1st cleansing 9 yrs ago. I've lost and kept off 51 lbs on my 1st cleanse that went for about 38 days..

No one will ever tell me different, as for our traditional medical fields, can we agree that ( you don't know ..what you don't know). I feel outstanding all the time, great energy all the time, sleep like a baby...yep all the time. Listen, do you own research on this...P.S. I no longer take these meds....

Submitted by Bec on

I am excited to embark on my juice journey. I like the idea of live enzymes and living food. Our bodies go through three stages each day, and our diets should reflect this. Breakfast is like a baby, Lunch is like middle age and Dinner is like a senior. My idea is to juice 3-1 fruits for b-fast, eat a big lunch as my main meal and 3-1 veggie juice for din din. I hope this is a success!

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