Reasons why you shouldn't drink detox smoothies for weight loss (among other things)

At the time of maintain a healthy dietwe look more at what we cook (even if we cook little) than what we drink, and we shouldn't. While in what we put on the plate we are already clear that the most important thing (and healthy for our body and mind) is to follow the Mediterranean diet and decrease our consumption of ultra-processed products, with the drink we still make ourselves a mess and we think that some drinks are healthier than others. And on the podium of those that promise us the most and offer the least in reality are the well-known detox juices. The disseminators dedicate a whole chapter to analyzing the effects of these juices on our organism Julio Basulto (dietitian-nutritionist) and Carlos Casabona (pediatrician) in his latest work Drink without thirst (Guide to choose well what you drink)(Ed. Paidós). And these are his conclusions based on scientific evidence.

Drinking detox juices can make you fat

You may have become fond of this type of drink driven by the enthusiasm of having a lot of fruit and vegetables in one gulp, thinking that this way you can lose a few kilos without effort. Error: liquid calories do not behave the same as solid calories in our body (reason why it will never be the same to eat an apple with bites than to drink apple juice). Unfortunately for us, these types of calories that come in a glass and free from the fiber of the fruit and vegetables not only do not satiate us, but they are easier to store in our body than solid ones. And no, adding the pulp to the juice does not end the problem: to feel satiated we need to chew.

Getting hooked on consuming detox juices can be less healthy than you think, it can even make you fat.

They can affect kidney health

The queen of Paradoxes is that a drink that is usually advertised as good to "detoxify" the body ends up damaging one of the organs that detoxifies the body naturally: our kidneys. The European Commission has already warned that "green smoothies" pose a risk for kidney stones and EFSA, for its part, affirms that following a detox plan in which two liters of these juices are eaten per day increases that risk. of lithiasis. The culprit for this adverse effect is the oxalic acid that exists naturally in foods such as spinach, endive, lamb's lettuce, celery, cabbage, kale, leek, raspberry, currant, strawberry, or blueberry. Consuming these foods in a salad or in a traditional culinary preparation is not risky, but taking them in the form of smoothies is.

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They can promote the loss of micronutrients

The same EFSA report warning of kidney risk from detox plans made with detox juices also spoke of this other risk: loss of some micronutrients. Specifically observed that these products, consumed in large quantities, interfere with the absorption of calcium, iron and potassium.

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