Beware of the Detox

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, I’d like to talk about another food fad that has me worried – Detox Diets. The simple truth is that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to back up the numerous claims that surround these types of diets.

Detox diets claim to rid your body of toxins. What, exactly, are “toxins?” Quite simply, toxins are types of poisons. They do indeed get into our body through a variety of means, ranging from snake bites to consumption (i.e. ingesting BPA from cans, etc.). Fortunately, our bodies have built in mechanisms to expel them. Primarily, our livers and kidneys “detox” our bodies all day! Unless your organs aren’t functioning properly, there is no need to take further action to remove toxins from your body.

Trans-fats, sugar, and salt are not good for you. They are not, however, toxins. Be cautious of any diet that includes claims to rid your body of toxins. Be wary of any diet that drastically reduces your caloric intake and requires you to take supplements of various sorts. If you do lose weight on a “detox diet,” you’re most likely just dropping water weight, not fat.

If you’d like to clean up your diet, focusing on “clean eating” is definitely the way to go. Remove processed food, excess sugar, salt, and other unhealthy foods from your life. Start by eating fresh, healthy food! Healthy eating doesn’t come in three-day packages. It takes a lifelong commitment. One that will serve you well for life!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!