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Detox Diets

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

Check just about anywhere on youtube and you'll find plenty of people promoting juicing, or cleansing, or detox diets for better health.

According to Lauren Niemes, a registered dietitian with the Nutrition Council, smoothies can be a great way to get your kids to drink their fruits and vegetables.  But she points out that it is the fruit itself that has the nutritional benefits.  There is no magic to it because you liquefy it in your life.  That raises the question, does it matter how you make your juice?

Local 12's Liz Bonis asked Niemes to share a few details about these new detox diets and how the juices are made.  Cold pressed versus what's in the blender.

A recent report from the American Dietetic Association looked at cold pressed juices.  Cold pressed means it is extracted through a cold press or masticating juicer-versus heat or blender blades.

The study found there is no evidence to show that cold pressed drinks are nutritionally superior to other kinds of juices.

Because the liver is actually a detox organ it is not necessary to be juicing according to Neimes. Detoxing for weight loss with more fresh foods is a great idea but to fast or to go to only juices is really unnecessary.  There is very little evidence that it has great health benefits.

Downtown Cincinnati, Liz Bonis, Local 12 News.

Detox Diets

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