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Are 'Detox' Diets Fake? Study Shows Juice Isn't Better Than Soda

Oct 10, 2016 04:00 AM EDT

Juicing and detoxing have been popular diet trends for a while now, especially for those wanting to lose weight fast. However, before drinking a glass of orange juice, you might want to think twice, as juicing leads to more intense hanger pangs.

According to a report from IFL Science, when you compare the nutritional profile of a glass of orange juice to a glass of soda, the difference is not that big. Going on an all-juice diet also hinders you from getting fiber, which plays a key role in getting you feel full and satisfied.

This means that juicing could lead you to feeling more hungry quickly, as well as leaving you with a low energy and frequent mood swings.

Read: Don't Be Fooled: TV Chefs’ Recipes aren't Healthier than Supermarket TV Dinners

Business Insider also notes that "detoxing" through juicing is really not needed, unless if you've been poisoned. The body is designed to filter out toxins that we consume through the liver and kidneys.

"Unless there's a blockage in one of these organs that do it day and night, there's absolutely no need to help the body get rid of toxins," explained physician Ranit Mishori of the Georgetown University School of Medicine via NPR.

To put into perspective, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 153 calories, 27 grams of sugar, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 2.4 grams of protein and 0.7 grams of fiber -- the same amount of carbohydrates in a bag of M&Ms.

Moreover, detox diets could also lead to dangerous eating. It can facilitate binge eating, thinking that they have a quick fix for weight loss. A study from the Harvard Medical School says that despite the overflow of detox, juicing, supplements and other forms of diets, there is still no substitute for a healthy diet.

To learn more about detox diets and juicing, check out the video below.

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