In the last few years you can’t open your own email without someone telling you that you should start the day with a pureed carrot because of its ability to cleanse the body. It seems that in 2016 however, the mighty juice is set to be overshadowed by a more familiar liquid diet – soup.
The idea is to take juicing to a more manageable level for us mere mortals, adding a greater degree of fibre to fill us up, and with the heartier soups, something to chew on as well – that being the most common complaint from those on juice cleanses. In soups ranging from homemade broths to gazpachos, the idea is to have nutrient rich, detox friendly liquid meals with an extra level of satisfaction that prove a bit more filling than your average kale-shake.
The other thing about juicing, which is designed to make the detox process more user friendly, is that by nature soups include more vegetables and therefore less sugar than juices, which are often made with lots of fruit and can therefore still spike blood sugar levels, despite their natural components, which can be disruptive to hormones or simply leave you feeling hungry again after a short period of time.
The high volume of liquid in soup, coupled with high levels of nutrients and fibre are all the things a balanced diet is made of, but naturally there are some caveats – somehow we don’t think it’s talking about a Stilton and broccoli jobbie with a large dollop of cream. While a number of companies have popped up along with the new trend, delivering soups to your door in the portions in which you will need them throughout the day, most advise that you do a one day cleanse where all meals are liquid based, but thereafter stick to one soup per day coupled with an otherwise healthy diet.
What we like about this matriculation in the juicing genre is that it does have an air of nutritional and psychological balance to it, with an emphasis on health rather than rapid weight loss. The trend appears alongside other developments including a newfound love of fats (butter, avocados, nuts) over low fat spreads for long-term health, and an overarching consumer trend that indicates that on balance we are drinking less alcohol. Which ones will you be listening to?
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