Failing the taste test: Celebs like Jennifer Aniston, favour juice detoxes but Janice Dickinson looks unimpressed by her green smoothie If you prefer drinking fruits and vegetables, you might want to consider going back to the old-fashioned method: chewing. By Lorraine Chow / AlterNet
Whatever happened to chewing? Whether it’s cold-pressed, blended or boiled, slurping your supper has taken the health food scene by storm in recent years. Instead of eating it whole, juicing raw fruits and vegetables into a single drink has been praised by proponents as a quick, low-calorie blast of nutrients or even a detox for the body if taken as a multi-day cleanse. Formerly the domain of trendy New York City juice bars, you’ll now find bottled greens at your grocery store or local Starbucks. Although juicing may be on the wane (we’ll get to why later) its hip, fiber-packed cousin, “souping,” is climbing to the top of cleanse diet charts. Souping — which is exactly what it sounds like — “is the new juicing,” as the New York Times declared in February.
So what’s the deal with the liquid food craze? Is it really worth paying upward of $10 a bottle for pulverized produce (or in the triple digits for multi-day cleanses)? And how does drinking meals for consecutive days affect human health, or even the health of the planet?
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