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Monday
Jan282013

Critics Decry Designers for Offering Discounted Juice Cleanses to Models

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A trade group of fashion designers has partnered with a prominent juice cleanse company to provide "nutritious" and "convenient" food for models at a discount during Fashion Week, but critics say the move just puts more pressure on models to be dangerously thin.

"Sending a model to a juice cleanse place is like sending an alcoholic to a bar," said Whitney Thompson, the first plus size winner of America's Next Top Model, who became an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association in 2010. "It's baiting them."

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, an invitation-only trade organization of about 400 designers, announced this week that it partnered with Organic Avenue, an organic weight loss company in Manhattan, to provide a 50 percent discount on juices and food to the models during the annual weeklong fashion event in New York City that starts on Feb 7.

A juice cleanse, or juice fast, is an extreme diet that involves drinking juice -- and little or nothing else -- for a number of days in a row.  Another popular diet called the Master Cleanse calls for drinking a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper whenever the dieter is hungry.  Taking a laxative before bed is also recommended.  Organic Avenue cleanses involve a variety of juices but cost $75 a day.

Thompson, a model in New York City, said it is "extremely common" for models to do juice cleanses, adding that many of them struggle with anorexia and bulimia as they struggle to fit into their size 0 dresses for the Fashion Week shows.  She said Organic Avenue is known primarily for its juice cleanses because celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow do them.

Organic Avenue offers solid food as well, but many options appear to be between 100 and 300 calories a dish.  The "Dandelion-Kale Salad" has 194 calories, and the "Cauliflower Salad" has 146 calories.  The "Big Arugula Salad," on the other hand, has 533 calories.

Dr. Donald Hensrud, Mayo Clinic's chair of preventative medicine, said the food could be good as part of a healthy diet, but there is no evidence to suggest juice cleanses or colonics (which Organic Avenue recommends in its FAQ section) have any health benefits.  In fact, Hensrud said, they could be dangerous.

"In this group where there is some baseline concern already to not take in a lot of calories, I'm concerned this may not be part of an overall healthy diet plan," said Hensrud, who edited The Mayo Clinic Diet blog.

Hensrud said "cleanse" and "detoxification" are buzzwords with no scientific evidence behind them.

"What 'toxins' are people getting rid of?  The colon is full of bacteria," he said.  (This flora of bacteria and other microorganisms plays a key role in gastrointestinal health.)  "Nobody's been able to tell me specifically what 'toxins' they are talking about."

Juice cleanses can result in diarrhea, which can result in dehydration and electrolyte deficiency, Hensrud said.  He acknowledged that people often say they feel better on juice cleanses, but the mental state does not correlate with their physical well being.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan062012

Paltrow’s ‘Goop’ Has a Colon Cleanse

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog has its own colon cleanse for “Goop” groupies.

The Goop Cleanse, co-designed by Goop and Clean Program creator Dr. Alejandro Junger, contains protein, fiber, digestive enzyme and probiotic supplements that “help give your digestive system a break and also improve energy levels by bringing in high-quality vitamins and nutrients,” according to Junger. “Best of all, because you’ll be eating during this program, you won’t be left feeling hungry or tired which is typical of most cleanses.”

For 21 days, Goop cleansers will start the morning with a shake, eat lunch from an elimination diet menu boasting roasted squash over millet and “salmon salade nicoise,” and have another shake for dinner. Dairy, eggs, wheat and coffee are among 77 forbidden foods. The goal is to still consume at least 1,200 calories a day, which is low compared to the 1,600-to-2,000 recommended for women. To get the calorie count up, the Goop Cleanse manual recommends adding avocado or coconut oil to daily shakes.

“I’ve used Clean in the past with great results, losing a few pounds and kickstarting a healthier and more energetic New Year,” Paltrow wrote on Goop. The cleanse is designed for use every eight-to-12 months and costs $425.

Colon cleansing has been around for centuries. It can be accomplished in a number of ways, from supplements to colon hydrotherapy -- an enema-like procedure that uses water to flush out the large intestine. Proponents claim it purifies the body by removing toxins that build up in the digestive tract, but some experts say the practice can do more harm than good.

“Despite colon cleansing’s long history and current popularity, the literature does not support its purported benefits,” Dr. Ranit Mishori of Georgetown University School of Medicine wrote in an August 2011 report published in the Journal of Family Practice. In fact, colon cleansing can cause painful side effects ranging from cramping to kidney failure, according to the report.

“The body is designed to detoxify itself,” Mishori told ABC News in August, adding there are safer ways to help it along, including diet and exercise.

But thanks to celebrity devotees like Paltrow, Beyonce and the Kardashians, more people are asking their doctors about colon cleansing.

Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body told ABC News supplement-based cleanses are generally safer than procedures like colon hydrotherapy, but added there’s no upside to either and potential downsides to both.

“You’re not necessarily getting all the nutrients you need,” she said of supplement-based cleanses that exclude several foods, like the Goop Cleanse. “There are definitely natural things people can do if they’re feeling a bit backed up, like upping fiber intake with fruits and vegetables and drinking a lot of water.”

Dhru Purohit, founding partner and CEO of the Clean Program agreed most cleanses are “garbage” akin to crash diets. But the Goop Cleanse, he insists, is different. The goal of the Goop Cleanse, he says, is to inspire healthy, long term lifestyle changes.

But, he adds, the cleanse isn’t for everyone.

“We’re big on education: Talk to your doctor. And if a cleanse isn’t right for you right now, you’ll for sure benefit from an elimination diet.”

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