ORLANDO (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) -- About 20 percent of adults who want to lose or maintain weight have tried a "cleanse." That's where you replace food with fruit and vegetable juices for just one day to one week or longer. It sounds healthy, but some nutritionists aren't convinced. Here's the good and the bad behind juicing.
If you're thinking about detoxing your body or losing weight, juicing may seem like the perfect way to do it.
One study found that people who ate up to seven servings of fruits and veggies a day, cut their risk of premature death by 42 percent.
And that's where juicing can help. According to the Stanford Cancer Center, one cup of celery juice provides the same amount of nutrients found in five cups of chopped vegetables.
A juice cleanse is also said to boost your energy, but a consumer reports study said that's because 70 to 91 percent of the carbohydrates in a juice cleanse comes from sugars.
And while the average woman needs about two-thousand calories a day, the average cleanse provides only 800 to 1,200.
When your body doesn't get all the nutrients it's used to, it can react by slowing down your metabolism, which can make losing weight harder in the future.
A study in the American journal of clinical nutrition found that fasting, or restricting your calories every other day can lead to better heart health, cholesterol levels and decrease your diabetes risk.