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Detox DL: This liquid- and raw-food regimen provides three drink mixes a day (blueberry blackberry banana, strawberry raspberry pineapple, and mango peach pineapple) and lets you eat as many fruits and veggies as your stomach desires. The mixture is dairy-, gluten-, and caffeine-free—although you can mix the powders with milk, juice, yogurt, or water—and is loaded with probiotics, fiber, protein, and freeze-dried fruit. Kaeng Raeng offers three different levels of cleanses (beginner, veteran, or master) that you can follow for 3 or 6 days. (Related: Is gluten making you fat?)
Calories: 600 to 700 calories per day, plus calories from fruits and vegetables
Price: Starting at $14 per day, plus produce
Pros: It’s cheaper than other juice-based detoxes, and in Zuckerbrot’s opinion, Kaeng Raeng is preferable to an all-juice cleanse, and you can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you like. When you eat whole fruits and veggies, you’ll feel more satisfied because you’re getting all that fiber, too.
Cons: The calorie count is low, and even though you can eat real produce, you don’t have any whole food sources of healthy fats and protein. Also, you’re getting many of your nutrients from supplements. “As a dietitian, I advise my patients to get the vitamins and minerals they need from natural foods rather than supplementing them through a pill,” says Zuckerbrot. Whole foods deliver a more complete package of nutrients, as well as pack in natural fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
Verdict: “This is just a little low in calories,” says Glassman. You’d need to take in 400 to 500 additional calories to reach a healthy level. While you’re getting real fruits and vegetables, you’re still missing out on other essential nutrients that your body needs for fuel. To get a dose of healthy fats—which you need to absorb vitamins A, E, and K, and to protect your organs—add a serving of avocado.
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