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Debate Rages In Diet Industry Over “Cleansing” Products And Regimens

March 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Physicians and nutritionists argue that the human body’s digestive system is already very efficient at removing harmful substances. But others – who are making millions of dollars selling detoxifying diets, diet books, supplements, juices, etc. – disagree, saying the liver, kidneys and colon are simply overwhelmed by the environmental toxins they have to deal with. And that’s the great debate in the $60 billion U.S. diet industry. Still, most gastroenterologists – acknowledging the confusion caused by the “jumble of science, pseudoscience and hype” of the cleansing industry – advise against the supplements, laxatives, enemas and irrigation devices sold to unclog the colon. For one thing, their use can lead ironically to constipation. Instead, eat more fruits and vegetables to keep the digestive system functioning normally.
Melinda Beck, "The Debate Over Juice Cleanses and Toxin Removal", The Wall Street Journal, March 03, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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