What makes a “detox” juice?

What Makes a “Detox” Juice?

Detox Juices seem to be ubiquitous these days. Every café under the sun is getting on the detox bandwagon. But what distinguishes a “detox” juice from a run-of-the-mill standard juice or smoothie?


The ingredients, how it’s been processed and if there’s anything added all contribute to answering that question. We were in Lisbon this October and decided to check out a café in the city with a bit of a funky reputation, Nicolau Lisboa. It had a similar feel to many cafés we’ve visited in many places on our travels but had that “Sydney” feel. With great Healthy breakfast options including your typical smashed avo, eggs and flat whites on offer. This trendy institution had its  “Nicolau’s Green Detox” right at the top of the menu and we thought we’d give it a try. It contained spinach, apple, ginger, lemon, banana and chia.

Does this juice qualify?

I say “yes”, and for these reasons: firstly, it was blended, retaining the important fibre; secondly, it contained ingredients with detox properties. Lemon helps your liver to do its detoxification work; ginger has myriad benefits, including antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting, among others; chia is a great source of fibre (5.5g/Tbsp), which helps keep you regular, give your colon a gentle cleanse and provides some food for the good bacteria in your gut. Banana, apple and spinach also contain fibre. This is providing they’ve been blended rather than just juiced, removing all that lovely goodness. Lastly, the juice shouldn’t have anything additional added to it. This means no hidden sugar or sweeteners, giving your body less to process.

So remember next time you order or want to make your own detox drink? Check it’s actually going to do what it says on the tin. And isn’t just a marketing ploy to bump up the price and get you to part with your hard-earned cash. And make sure it’s blended and contains ingredients that are actually going to contribute to your wellbeing.

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