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What do you think about a detox diet — using juice and fresh green vegetables and brown rice?

A balanced diet that consists of whole grains, fruits and vegetables (for fiber and energy), low-fat dairy products (for calcium and vitamin D), lean meats (6 ounces of chicken or fish daily) and consuming foods low in added fat and sugar meets everyone's nutritional needs. Fresh, green vegetables and brown rice are good for everyone. Juice is fine, but I suggest my patients eat the whole fruit for the added fiber. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website offers reviews of many diet books. Each review highlights the claims made in the book, provides a synopsis of the diet plan or program, describes the nutritional pros and cons, and a provides a "bottom line" summary from a registered dietitian.

There are many different detox diets, but all have critical drawbacks. You also may want to read this MSNBC article from May 2007, that provides additional cautions.

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