The lemonade diet, or the Master Cleanse, gets a lot of publicity but none of it contains any solid evidence that the diet rids its customers of dangerous toxins. The advertising for the lemonade diet states that if we eat too much fast food, don’t exercise and don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables we accumulate toxins in our bodies and these toxins need to be eliminated. This is the basis of an old medical belief called autointoxication which is based on observation and common sense but has since been proven to be a mistaken hypothesis. In other words, if your doctor tells you that your body does not build up toxins it’s because medical researchers have been unable to find evidence to support this belief.
The lemon cleanse stresses the role of fat in our bodies. This is a subject close to the hearts of may folks in more ways than one. We are told by the Master Cleanse advocates that if we eat too much we get fat and this fat is a storage area for toxins we take in from our environment and unhealthy food. We are told we “suffocate in our own wastes” and that the lemon detox diet is “a simple, safe and effective cleansing program that will revitalize your body and help you achieve the lifestyle that you want”.
It’s a simple process: use graphic language to scare us into looking for a solution and offer us one that is both easy and effective. The key ingredient of the Master Cleanse recipe is Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup. Even though it’s called “natural” it is a actually a blend of maple syrup and palm syrups. These ingredients do occur naturally but the act of mixing them turns them into a man-made concoction which happens to have next to zero nutritional value. According to the spiel, the syrup took five years to develop under the supervision of some people with degrees in alternative medical disciplines. This syrup “when mixed with the right levels of lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper is specially formulated to give the body all the nutritional goodness it needs to support you whilst fasting or dieting”.
Medical professionals will tell you that rather than giving you all the nutrients you need, the lemonade diet contains no nutrients apart from the Vitamin C in the lemon juice. If you fast for ten days as the Master Cleanse instructions recommends, you will be putting your body into starvation mode which means the only nutrients you will get are what’s stored in your body already. Using the salt water drink and a laxative will only make you more deficient in nutrients.
Here’s a video featuring testimonials from happy lemon detox plan customers and warnings from a dietitian. It seems to me that the fact that people feel better after the detox does not change the fact that there are no scientifically proven benefits. There are many reasons why you could feel better after any kind of fast and losing a lot of weight on a starvation diet is not rocket science.
So it’s your choice whether you believe some people who have qualifications in pre-scientific mumbo jumbo or those whose qualifications are based on objective study of the human body. Whatever action you choose to take, just check with your doctor first so you are at least aware of the real risks.