Fruit-only diets have recently been smeared after Ashton Kutcher was hospitalised because of one. The actor was eating a fruit-only diet while filming the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, as the Apple founder was apparently an occasional fruitarian. It has been said by the British Dietetic Association that it’s ‘virtually impossible’ to get enough of the vital nutrients we need on a fruit-only diet.
The Independent on Sunday recently tested a popular five-day fruit juice ‘signature cleanse’ from London-based company Radiance Cleanse and revealed that it wasn’t the juice that caused concern. The package (which incidentally, costs a whopping £345) includes a range of supplements to be taken throughout the cleanse. Within these supplements was bentonite clay, a product the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers against ingesting.
The reason for this warning stems from high levels of lead and arsenic found in some bentonite clay supplements being distributed by retailers. Exposure to arsenic has been linked to an increased risk of skin, bladder and lung cancer.
Radiance Cleanse doesn’t list any details on its website regarding the supplements. The founders of the company, Clare Phipps and Christina Agnew claim to have never heard of the FSA warning, but insisted their products were safe.
Ms Phipps said, “I’m a little bit shocked as I deal with a lot of nutritional therapists and no one has ever spoken to me about this. I’m a bit surprised that no one has flagged it up. The bentonite clay is something we have used and sold for a long time and all the nutritional therapists have been happy with the product.”
The FSA have recently reiterated their warning, stating that consumers should be aware of potential risks associated with bentonite clay.
Since the Independent’s report, Radiance Cleanse have pulled their product.
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