Food Culture: Dieting - The Juice Diet

Minimal effort required and minimal calories consumed, the juice diet has been a popular fasting or dieting method for quite a few years and probably most known for being a ‘quick win’ before jetting off on holiday. This fasting method is at the front of peoples minds at the moment as it has come under scrutiny for false advertising through a recent promotion run by a famous electric blender manufacturer. Claims were made which could only be supported by internet articles and not proven scientific evidence which begs the questions as to whether the diet really works?

Quite simply juice dieting or fasting is a detox diet in which a person consumes only fruit and vegetables to obtain nutrition while otherwise abstaining from food consumption. Juice fasts may last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The juice consumed during a juice fast is not the type commercially available, but rather that produced at home from fresh fruit and vegetables.


Typical one a day juice: Green Juice

1/2 cup fresh parsley

3 cups spinach

1/2 lemon, peeled

2 medium pears, cut into eighths

6 large stalks celery, trimmed

Ice cubes (optional)

Criticism exists amongst most methods of fasting or craze diets as already discussed however particularly if the fasting is to occur over such a short time such as pre-holiday, medical experts are quite sure that this will not achieve much either short or long term to your body or health. While some studies have shown short term effects such as reduced cholesterol, these are not lasting and the return to previous levels occurred within about a week of normal eating post-fast.