For some time now, detox drinks have been more fashionable than ever and they are said to be very beneficial for their detoxifying properties. However, the OCU warns about the excessive consumption of these detox foods, since they could be counterproductive for our body.
What are detox drinks?
Detox shakes are those drinks that, supposedly, purify or cleanse the body to lose weight or after having committed certain excesses in the diet, when ingesting fat or alcohol.
According to the proponents of these drinks, during the body's detoxification process, the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin are purified thanks to shakes with detox foods, as happens when drinking water, but with the difference that this is a natural cleanser.
However, although at first glance they seem very healthy due to their 'green' appearance and their combined fruit and vegetable-based components, you should not include this new trend in your daily diet, since detox drinks do not provide extra benefits, and, in addition, when blending food, its fiber is lost. For this reason, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) classifies smoothies among the 13 emerging health risks.
What are the health risks?
There is little scientific evidence to support that detox drinks can remove toxins from the body. These are some of the risks that the regular intake of this type of shake could entail for your health:
Loss of essential nutrients
By beating fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the skin of the vegetables, that is, the fiber where the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants are found, as well as the pectins necessary for the feeling of satiety.
Increased risk of kidney stones
Ingesting large doses of compounds found in vegetables and fruits, such as oxalic acid, can cause oxalates to clump together in the form of kidney stones. An excess of vitamin C in plasma may contribute to this.
Also, if you abuse the shakes, you can also suffer from anemia or bone lesions due to loss of density in the bone, which will not happen to you when eating salads.
Loss of muscle mass
If these drinks are used to lose weight, you may run the risk of losing weight in the form of muscle mass due to low protein intake and suffering the known 'rebound effect'.
Increased risk of poisoning
Another of EFSA's concerns are the conditions in which detox shakes are made, both due to contamination from raw vegetables and dirt that can accumulate from devices, such as blenders.
In short, only a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and carbohydrates will contribute to the natural detoxification system and create a balance in your body and mind.
If you have any questions, go to the specialist for more information on detox shakes.
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