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Adopting a detox diet - often popular in January - is a waste of time and money, a leading scientist has said.
Dr Andrew Wadge, of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said regimes purporting to cleanse the body were "nonsense".
The detox market - which can include diets, tablets and drinks said to flush out toxins - is thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds.
regimes purporting to cleanse the body were "nonsense".
"There's a lot of nonsense talked about 'detoxing'
So my advice would be to ditch the detox diets and supplements and buy yourself something nice
Everyone reading this article is carrying at least 500 measurable chemicals in his or her body that were never in anyone's body before the 1920s.
Everyone is exposed - not to one chemical at a time - but to complex mixtures that change day by day, hour by hour, depending on the environment. One cannot escape from exposure in homes, work and meeting places, automobiles or outdoors.
Many of these chemicals build up in body tissue and remain there for years. Others do not, but are constantly present in our daily lives; they are in the common everyday products on which we have become dependent. Others are industrial chemicals and pesticides to which we are exposed in a variety of ways.