Detox diets may do more harm than good

Atkins diet… detox diet… low-carb diet… low-fat diet… South Beach diet. In recent times, these “imported” fad diets have been all the rage here in Kenya, especially among middle class working women who are seeking to fight the flab and restore their once slim and trim figures.

However, based on my professional training in the food sciences, my personal philosophy has always been that these fad diets are a waste of time and could actually do you more harm than good. All you need is a combination of a regular balanced diet, enough sleep, exercise and a cigarette-free lifestyle. The occasional glass of red wine is OK.

In short, all you need is a holistic lifestyle approach, with moderation as the key word.

Well, today I came across an article that supports my point of view. Sadly, it’s a tragic tale on the BBC website of a British woman who was left brain-dead courtesy of a detox diet prescribed by her nutritionist. This should serve as a warning against blindly adopting fad diets, most of which are actually nutritionally unbalanced.

Here’s another BBC article in which a scientist explains why detox diets are “a waste of time and money” and one that discusses the dangers of too much detox.

Food for thought.