Detox diets` `health boost` claims unfounded

A leading scientist has rubbished claims that so-called `detox` diets can boost health and cleanse the body of chemicals.

According to the Daily Mail, David Bender – an emeritus professor of nutritional biochemistry- said the diets were based on an `unlikely` premise.

He insisted there was no `magic shortcut` to weight loss – which can be achieved simply by eating less and exercising more.

`Detox` regimes may recommend consuming large amounts of fruit, vegetables and juices, and drinking large amounts of water, while avoiding caffeine, sugar and alcohol.

They claim to boost health in various ways including raising energy levels to allowing the body to focus on self-healing.

But Professor Bender of University College London has torpedoed such suggestions in an article entitled The Detox Delusion, published in the Society of Biology magazine, The Biologist.

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