It’s basic economics: If kids juice-cleanse, health-food companies will supply and market juice cleanses for kids. Given their über-popularity, some may have thought this was inevitable, but couldn’t they have given us like a two-year head start to move out of the country? The Post says it’s too late and happening right now, however, and points to Dherbs.com, a California company that reports a 50 percent sales bump in its liquid-extract diet, intended for “toxic cleansing of kids, toddlers, and infants” (a downright steal at $99 for four bottles). And here’s Rawpothecary’s founder, who says why not just let adult raw drinks “replace children’s meals.” Why not?
The thing is, medical professionals are wary of all this cold-pressed exuberance. “The [kids are] quoting Dr. Oz to me,” says one who, echoing most parenting advice, warns that excessive “cleansing” among the preteen set could spiral into eating disorders. The human heart “needs a certain number of calories” to beat, he says, after all.
Thankfully, some parents have complaints of their own. “I get upset — they’re expensive,” says one parent of a first-grader with an $80-a-day habit.
Debate Rages Over Children on Juice Cleanses [New York Post]