How could their be such a disconnect involving a diet regime? Well, blame it on celebrities and the misguided notion that fruits and vegetables are good for you no matter what.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Blake Lively and even Bill Clinton are on the juice train. Hip-hop ambassador Russell Simmons swears by green juice.
With that kind of celebrity cache, the juicing trend is beginning to sweep the nation. A slew of juicing fad diets have popped up on the Internet that promise everything from rapid weight loss and detoxification to a cure for the common cold and cancer.
Don’t believe it.
At the extreme are juice cleanses. Programs like Renovation, Excavation, Glow, Clean and LOVE Deep recommend forging solid food from three to five days to a couple of weeks, according to Slate.
Fortunately, Johnson, who plays the lead, Anastasia Steele, in the movie, isn’t going that far. They have been mainly drinking an organic cold-pressed raw juice made by a company in Vancover, Canada, where they are filming.
“They are not doing a cleanse and are basically drinking a couple each day,” says an insider.
But there’s no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself, according to The Mayo Clinic. In fact, juices from some fruits and vegetables can contain sugar, and add unwanted calories, leading to weight gain.
“Some of the cleanses are very extreme and they incorporate only very few ingredients in them,” Dr Roshini Raj, a gastroenterologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, told London’s Daily Mail.
“So you’re really limiting yourself in terms of not getting enough protein, potentially not enough fiber and even healthy fats that you need,” she explained. “You’re going to eat more later because you’re hungrier.”
Like most quickie fad diets, the weight loss is mainly due to water weight, Raj says.
“This notion that you can sort of eat whatever you want and then cleanse for a week and get rid of all the bad effects from the prior poor eating just doesn’t make sense,” she adds.
Instead, she recommends people stick to a balanced diet, and east a lot of vegetables and fruits on a long-term plan.
The erotic movie hits theaters on Feb. 13, 2015.